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Grass fed Lamb or Grass fed Beef which is superior??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM

This has been tickling my mind for a while, I LOVE LAMB!..right now that's off my chest.haha.. I always see a lot of love for Beef among the Paleo/Primal community but hardly ever a mention of lamb. I'm a massive all round fan of meat.. i consume mainly beef & lamb on a regular basis. From what i've read so far, Lamb seems at least nutritionally equal to, if not slightly superior to Beef, so i'm curious as to why Lamb is hardly mentioned? I may be way off the mark i don't know, or maybe i'm missing something? I'm from the U.K by the way which may make a difference as the majority of my reading/info comes from the U.S.

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on December 21, 2012
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I'm surprised that more US ranchers don't opt to raise lamb here in the States. I guess it's not profitable enough? Or maybe they don't realize the market potential for American-raised lamb.

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on December 21, 2012
at 10:02 PM

It really sucks that the prices are so high--IMO lamb is superior to beef because of its young age and tenderness at slaughter. And the taste is to DIE for!

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on December 21, 2012
at 10:01 PM

It really sucks that the prices are so high--IMO lamb is healthier than beef because of its young age and tenderness at slaughter. And the taste is to DIE for!

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on December 21, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Hehheh...in that case, never mind. ;)

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on December 21, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Amy, I love Smith Meadows, we get our Broilers from them. I agree farmers markets are great for cuts! I meant farm direct (since the famrers markets are mostly closed now. Also, Over the Grass Farm and Smith Family Farm is a great resource as they sell by cut directly from the farm. What I was trying to say is that, if you can use the whole beast, you get much better prices buying the whole thing rather than the pre-butchered cuts. And Lambs are more affordable for an individual than cows are.

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on December 21, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Looks like they also do DuPont Circle and a bunch of other locations: http://smithmeadows.com/farmers-markets/

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Look up Smith Meadows farm -- you don't have to buy a whole lamb. They do lamb sausage, ground lamb, and I'm sure other cuts. They're at the Arlington farmer's market on Saturdays (by the courthouse), or Takoma Park (MD) on Sundays. I used to work for the owner in a food truck a while back. I've been to the farm -- it's the real deal. http://smithmeadows.com/ I think Fields of Athenry (in Centreville, VA) also does lamb, but I'm not sure if they sell individual cuts.

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I just bought some lamb at the farmer's market last week. Haven't tried it yet, but I know the farmer and trust it'll be great. I'd probably buy it more often but you hit it on the head for me -- it's just a lot more expensive than beef.

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on December 21, 2012
at 03:20 AM

I'm the same... love my lamb! As an aussie it's definately more readily available here than in North America.

In the U.S., per capita consumption of lamb is very low, less that one pound per person. In New Zealand, for example, consumption is 57 pounds per person. Many immigrants to the U.S., however, today, come from many areas of the world where lamb is commonly consumed. As a result, the U.S. continues to import lamb to meet consumer demand.

It's my go-to meat if I can't get to the markets on the weekend to get some grass-fed beef since the supermarket lamb is more likely to be grass-fed by default as opposed to their beef.

Nutritionally, lamb is higher in fat which to me makes it all the more nom nom... also high in easily digestable iron, B12, zinc... but then again, so is beef

they're both so darn good :-)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 21, 2012
at 10:03 PM

I'm surprised that more US ranchers don't opt to raise lamb here in the States. I guess it's not profitable enough? Or maybe they don't realize the market potential for American-raised lamb.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 21, 2012
at 01:09 AM

Lamb just isn't as common here in the US as is beef. I love lamb as well, but never had it often as a child. Since it's harder to find, it's also more expensive (about twice the price of beef) which can force someone on a tight budget to opt for cow.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 21, 2012
at 10:01 PM

It really sucks that the prices are so high--IMO lamb is healthier than beef because of its young age and tenderness at slaughter. And the taste is to DIE for!

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on December 21, 2012
at 05:09 PM

I just bought some lamb at the farmer's market last week. Haven't tried it yet, but I know the farmer and trust it'll be great. I'd probably buy it more often but you hit it on the head for me -- it's just a lot more expensive than beef.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 21, 2012
at 10:02 PM

It really sucks that the prices are so high--IMO lamb is superior to beef because of its young age and tenderness at slaughter. And the taste is to DIE for!

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on December 21, 2012
at 01:28 PM

Lamb is always superior to Beef. I have never done a nutritional analysis, but there isn't a single part of a cow that tastes better than the comparable part of the lamb. Living in DC there are about 3 farms in the area (within a 60 minute drive) that sell lamb, and considering you have to buy the whole thing, much more reasonable than getting a cow.

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on December 21, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Looks like they also do DuPont Circle and a bunch of other locations: http://smithmeadows.com/farmers-markets/

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on December 21, 2012
at 05:13 PM

Look up Smith Meadows farm -- you don't have to buy a whole lamb. They do lamb sausage, ground lamb, and I'm sure other cuts. They're at the Arlington farmer's market on Saturdays (by the courthouse), or Takoma Park (MD) on Sundays. I used to work for the owner in a food truck a while back. I've been to the farm -- it's the real deal. http://smithmeadows.com/ I think Fields of Athenry (in Centreville, VA) also does lamb, but I'm not sure if they sell individual cuts.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on December 21, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Amy, I love Smith Meadows, we get our Broilers from them. I agree farmers markets are great for cuts! I meant farm direct (since the famrers markets are mostly closed now. Also, Over the Grass Farm and Smith Family Farm is a great resource as they sell by cut directly from the farm. What I was trying to say is that, if you can use the whole beast, you get much better prices buying the whole thing rather than the pre-butchered cuts. And Lambs are more affordable for an individual than cows are.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on December 21, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Hehheh...in that case, never mind. ;)

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on December 21, 2012
at 01:30 AM

It used to be hard to find decent lamb in the US -- it was always expensive & not all cuts were easily found. I think for that reason, many people never developed a taste for it. But availability has changed, especially if you have a local Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, both of which have reasonably priced lamb products, fresh and frozen. I can also buy locally grown lamb now at farmer markets. I eat almost as much lamb as beef now, and for burgers, much prefer lamb.

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