Grass-fed & Wild Range
On our family ranch outside Sun Valley, Idaho, Lava Lake’s grass-fed and wild range lambs range freely over nearly one million acres of rangeland, raised with care by seasoned shepherds in much the same way they have been raised for centuries. They graze on the natural bounty of a vast and biologically diverse landscape. The result: fit, healthy animals that make the most delicious, tender, nutrient-rich meat.
A growing body of research indicates that eating grass-fed meat is a healthy choice for your family, because it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and beta-carotene, and lower in fat than grain-fed meat.
Because of our ranch’s isolated location, the lambs are assured access to clean pasture. Lava Lake Lamb is 100 percent free of added hormones and antibiotics or herbicides and insecticides. Tender and juicy, its flavor is pure and delectable. Our lamb is featured on menus in top restaurants in the Intermountain Region, in fine grocery stores and butcher shops around the country during the summer months, and year-round on our website.
Lava Lake’s grass-fed lamb offers consumers a naturally lean red meat with an absolutely stellar nutritional profile. USDA scientists who compared grass-fed lambs with lambs fed grain in a feedlot found that “lambs grazing in pasture had 14% less fat and about 8% more protein compared to grain-fed lamb.”
Grass-fed lamb is an excellent source of vitamin B-12, niacin, zinc, and a good source of iron. While other red meats offer those nutrients as well, grass-fed lamb stands out with a surprising nutritional benefit. It is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, the cancer-fighting, heart-healthy fatty acids most often touted in fish, such as salmon.
According to various research studies, grass-fed lamb also has the highest concentration of the cancer-fighting agent conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) of all meats, poultry or fish. Pasture-fed lamb also has twice as much of the naturally occurring antioxidant lutein as meat from grain-fed sheep. Closely related to beta-carotene, lutein is more readily absorbed by the body and is known to reduce the risk of macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness) and may also help prevent breast and colon cancer.
Bottom line? Bite for bite, Lava Lake’s grass-fed and wild range lamb is one of the most nutritionally rich, lean red meats available.