Choosing Ethical Lamb
It isn’t always easy to make an ethical decision when you are purchasing lamb. The supermarkets don’t differentiate between sources, standards or brands, so how are you to know what you are buying?
If you purchase your lamb from a butcher, you are far more likely to find a smaller brand or breed that aligns with ethical standards. So here is what you should look for…
Things to know
Free Range: There are some specific ‘free range’ guidelines that relate to lamb, however it is not mandatory for producers to adhere to these standards. To learn more about them, click here.
Docking & Mulesing: Some sheep breeds require this as a method of reducing instances of flystrike and developing disease. Some consumers don’t like the idea of animals experiencing any pain that comes from these procedures, and while almost all animals will have appropriate pain relief throughout, not all breeds require these management techniques.
Feedlotting: Feedlotting refers to the practice of placing the animals into a designated space with high volumes of feed to prepare them and get them up to marketable weight prior to slaughter. Sadly, many lambs experience extreme stress and some consumers don’t feel this is ethical.
Questions to ask your butcher
Do you know which region of Australia this lamb came from?
Do you know the breed of the lamb?
Do you know if the animal experienced docking or mulesing?
Do you know if this animal was put in a feedlot prior to slaughter?