June 19, 2023

Why You Should Buy American Lamb

The data is telling. 72% of consumers seek out products made in America. And, nearly half of consumers are willing to pay 10 to 20% more for them, according to a national poll conducted by Retail Brew and The Harris Poll. 

Consumers crave American products, and what’s more American than American Lamb raised by family farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. 

American Lamb is local, fresh and flavorful. Buying American Lamb also supports our nation’s farmers. Take for example sheep rancher Alan McAnelly of Hamilton Sheep Station in Hamilton, Texas. His regenerative farming practices rely on sheep. They’re the perfect animals to pasture in the dry, rocky soil of Central Texas. McAnelly doesn’t need to plow or add fertilizer to the soil. The sheep love grazing it as is, which improves the pasture by cycling vital nutrients back through the soil, minimizing erosion and encouraging native plant growth. 

Buying American Lamb is a win-win. You get a flavorful, nutritious meal while helping to sustain farmland and farming communities throughout the United States. Check out this list of the many reasons to buy American Lamb and then visit our Lamb Locator to find American Lamb in your community. 

American Lamb is Fresh

Did you know that more than 50% of the lamb consumed in the United States has to travel upward of 10,000 miles from New Zealand and Australia to make it to your dinner plate? American Lamb is fresh, local and raised in every state  in the United States. Imported Lamb takes at least 30 days to get to America. The decision is simple: buy American Lamb. And once you do, check out these great tips for storing lamb so it remains fresh. 

guinness irish lamb stew
American Lamb is Flavorful

In the United States, sheep graze on natural pastures consisting of high-quality grasses and forage. Their excellent diet and genetics translates to a mild yet distinctive flavor that can be enjoyed on its own (try these pan-seared American Lamb loin chops with chimichurri!) or incorporated into a recipe like this Guinness Irish Lamb Stew.

American Lamb is Nutritious

American Lamb is nutrient rich protein with approximately 160 calories per 3-ounce serving. Eating American Lamb delivers the following benefits:

  • American Lamb is a protein powerhouse, delivering on average 22.5 grams of protein. 
  • American Lamb is an excellent source of protein, zinc, selenium, riboflavin, niacin and  vitamin B12.
  • It’s also a good source of iron and vitamin B6.
  • American Lamb contains 3 grams of heart healthy monounsaturated fat.

Check out this great guide for understanding the nutrient profile of various cuts of lamb

American Lamb Production Does Not Use Growth Hormones*

Although growth hormones are legal to use, American Lamb farmers and ranchers choose not to. It’s a source of pride for the entire American Lamb industry.

*Although growth hormones are not used in US lamb production, they are legal to use.

Buying American Lamb Promotes Good Stewardship

How many family farmers does it take to care for more than 6 million sheep? About 80,000.  

Each of these family farmers has a story to tell that’s grounded in history and tradition. American Lamb farmers are animal stewards and land conservationists. They’re committed to the food industry by delivering quality meat that was responsibly raised to consumers, chefs and butchers. 

American Lamb farmers, from large scale operations to smaller flock farms, also are committed to farming practices that protect the environment, improve land quality, support rural communities and feed the nation. 

How to Buy American Lamb

Have we convinced you to add American Lamb to your grocery list? Visit our Lamb Locator and check out the list of grocers, butchers and farmers who sell American Lamb in your area.