Whole/half lamb

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Mungo \"two sheds\" Toadfoot wrote:

ISTR about 15 from teh farmer more or less butchered, and 50 from teh butcher

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The Natural Philosopher wrote:

I can get 30 quid a head at market without butchering them!
Stick on abattoir costs, because it would be very illegal of me to sell self slaughtered meat, and I would have thought 25-30 wouldn't be unreasonable for an unbutchered half.
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If you can find someone who keeps sheep as a hobby, he/she will often have animals (males) that are surplus. My neighbour does this and I buy butchered whole lambs for 30 pounds. If I knew which one I was getting I'd feed it with rosemary to give it a herby flavour. Even if it was more expensive than the butchers I'd buy it for the texture and flavour. Very few companies hang meat properly.
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Ok this has got me thinking ........... which I do too much of ......... but is it illegal to kill the lamb yourself or illegal to sell it self slaughtered?
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You must be a licensed slaughterman to kill the lamb. If the slaughter and butchery is done on your premises (i.e. not at an abattoir) by a licensed slaughterman, it is illegal to sell it but you can eat it yourself.
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Howard Neil wrote:

Are you sure?
I mean I buy plenty of game that is not slaughtered by licensed slaughtermen, and butcher it myself.
I am sure that you can legally buy a dead lamb from anyone 'for the dog' and do what you like with it.
I remember at teh wane of teh BSE crisis buying rib of beef under exactly the same strictures 'as long as its for yer dog' as we handed over 30 quid for a huge part roast :-)

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I was referring to livestock for human consumption. The same does not apply to birds as far as I know.
I am about to have some lambs slaughtered. I know a local licensed slaughterman who could do the job, if the meat was just for myself, but friends wish to buy some of the lambs. This means that I will have to take them to an abattoir to have them slaughtered and butchered.
Howard Neil
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Howard Neil wrote:

So what happens if you sell em live, and they slit the throats in the back garden? Or whatever.

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Unless they were licensed to slaughter livestock they would commit an offence.
In addition to that, to move them live would require a license and the receiving premises would require a holding number. They would also need to keep livestock movement records. Since Foot and Mouth, the movement of livestock has been tightened considerably.
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Howard Neil wrote:

Would I need to do all that for a pet sheep just to take it on holiday for example? What about other livestock?
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