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  • Joined Nov 2013
Butchered(ram) lamb has green areas on it
« on: April 13, 2022, 06:29:40 am »
I just has two ram lambs dispatched and I butchered them myself (as I have done several times before). But this time there's an acrid smell to some areas of the carcass & some of the meat has a green surface.

I've never encountered this before

It doesn't smell like rotting meat, and I've kept it properly refrigerated for the 18 hours  between killing/skinning and butchering.

Any ideas??

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Butchered(ram) lamb has green areas on it
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2022, 06:57:18 am »
Sounds like some contamination. Did you leave the guts in after slaughter/skinning?-I hang empty carcass, skin on (though usually deer but not done sheep).


  • Joined Dec 2011
  • Gascony, France
Re: Butchered(ram) lamb has green areas on it
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2022, 09:27:03 am »
Refrigeration of a whole lamb isn't going to stop the guts from rotting. It will take a long time to cool the whole animal, particularly with the fleece on, so it sounds like that is what has contaminated the meat. What surprises me is that this hasn't happened before [member=29807]Mathewr[/member]

When we used to have ours slaughtered the fleece was removed and the guts almost immediately. I used to collect the fleeces a couple of hours after we delivered the lambs. The carcass was by then hung in a refrigerator and would be left there for 10 days before butchering.

I remember being told that if I shot a wild rabbit it had to be gutted immediately to avoid contamination of the meat- they have a similar diet to lambs I think, so their gut flora will react the same?


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Butchered(ram) lamb has green areas on it
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2022, 12:33:50 pm »
[member=23925]chrismahon[/member]  you mean the skin, not the fleece.
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