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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
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.
Unless they were licensed to slaughter livestock they would commit an
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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