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OhLaLa

  • Joined Sep 2010
Eating a Ram Lamb
« on: September 28, 2011, 05:10:52 pm »
I've heard conflicting opinions, which is correct?

1) A ram lamb (appx 1 year old) makes for good eating
2) A ram lamb that has tupped has a tainted flavour meat

Thanks in advance
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andywalt

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Re: Eating a Ram Lamb
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2011, 05:26:32 pm »
As I understand it (so could be wrong) your right on both questions, its good eating but only before its tupped, the meat taints afterwards....please correct me if im wrong people !!!
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lachlanandmarcus

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Eating a Ram Lamb
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2011, 06:45:26 pm »
Have eaten a 1+ yo ram lamb and he was delicious and no stronger than the other Shetland wethers.

Havent tried a tup tho.....

mmu

  • Joined Aug 2011
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Eating a Ram Lamb
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2011, 08:14:03 pm »
I hope you're right, I'm just about to send one away!
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raygezer

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • brittany
Re: Eating a Ram Lamb
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2011, 09:29:27 pm »
Hi there in January this year we had a ram of 2yrs old surplus to requirements so we had him for the freezer ,it was i think a better taste as long as it was cooked nice and slow hot pots and stews . :thumbsup: probably do it again in January 2012 ,enjoy

ScotsGirl

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • Wiltshire
Re: Eating a Ram Lamb
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2011, 09:33:40 pm »
As long as you don't kill a ram during tupping season there should be no taint.  My friend sent her ram off a month or so ago and he has tupped the ewes for at least 2 seasons and she said he tasted great!

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Eating a Ram Lamb
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2011, 09:34:47 pm »
talking to the lady I'm buying some Shetlands from, they eat entire tups at 2 years old - she said the critical thing about taint was when you sent them to th butchers - just NOT during tipping season apparently.

Ha , just cross-posted with ScotsGirl who is saying the same thing :)

andywalt

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Re: Eating a Ram Lamb
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2011, 11:04:08 am »
thats great and clarified it for me too, I have one surplus to requirements so I will do the same, he has never tupped. It must be a hormone ? does anyone have any detail as to what  changes the taste?
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VSS

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Re: Eating a Ram Lamb
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2011, 11:49:45 am »
As long as you don't kill a ram during tupping season there should be no taint

This is the key thing - wait until the spring to send him in.
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andywalt

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Re: Eating a Ram Lamb
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2011, 09:06:41 pm »
Heres another question.......

if the ram lamb is seperate from any females, say in the next field,..... would he get taint then?
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