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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Ram Taint?
« on: May 29, 2014, 03:45:49 pm »

So I mentioned to our neighbour that I planned to use a commercial tup lamb over our hoggs this autumn, and then eat him for Christmas.  He looked back at me horrified and said "Well don't invite me then - he'll taste horrible!"

Any thoughts?  If I can't do that, it does rather mess up my plans for this year. If it is an issue, would it make any difference if I were to leave him in with the ewes over the winter and then eat him at Easter instead?  ;D
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Ram Taint?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 03:52:10 pm »
Yes, eat him at Easter.  He'll still be fairly hormonal at Christmas.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Me

  • Joined Feb 2014
  • Wild West
Re: Ram Taint?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 04:14:36 pm »
Fewer people than say they can are able to detect ram taint. Obviously there are varying degrees but in a one off back of fag packet blind trial of staff (lamb snobs/experts) at a large plant nearby only one correctly stated which cubes of meat were from entire males. The biggest lamb snob of all, Mrs Me.  :thinking:

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Ram Taint?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 04:18:30 pm »
OK, so the taste goes up and down with, er, activity rather than just being in posession of dangly bits?  That's helpful to know!

And I'm ok to leave him in with the girls over the winter, until Easter (assuming that any which are not caught in the first 2 cycles are unlikely to get caught later?).
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Ram Taint?
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 05:25:38 pm »
Can you split him off out of sight and sound of the girls for a few weeks before he goes?

 

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