Frederick County Sheep Breeders (lamb and goat producers) can provide lambs and goats to their ethnic customers — that can be processed in two ways — regular custom processing; or, Halal custom processing.
Customer and farmer (lamb/goat producer) discuss the size lamb/goat wanted; a whole, fresh lamb/goat carcass; or custom cut into steaks and chops, costs, dates needed, available dates at butcher shops, etc.
Most farms do not allow on-farm processing – lambs and goats must be processed at a local butcher shop.
1. REGULAR CUSTOM PROCESSING. Farmer brings your lamb/goat to the butcher shop. Lamb and goats are USDA inspected, properly aged for 8-9 days, custom processed into steaks, chops, roasts; packaged and labeled any way the customer wants. Customer picks up their lamb/goat – pays the butcher shop for their processing charge – and pays the farmer for the lamb or goat.
2. HALAL CUSTOM PROCESSING. Farmer brings your lamb/goat to the Halal butcher shop. Lamb/goat is USDA inspected and processed – usually carcass is cut into quarters. Customer picks up their finished lamb/goat – pays the butcher shop for their processing charge – and pays the farmer for the lamb/goat. For Halal custom processing — most times the customer picks-up their lamb/goat the same day it’s processed.
There are two Halal butcher shops in Maryland that process lambs, goats, and cattle. Go to the “Links” tab, scroll down to Area Butcher Shops for more information.
Arrange well in advance to purchase and have your lamb/goat processed. Do not contact a local farmer at the last minute. Many butcher shops have long waiting lists, especially in the late fall and winter.
There are many other butcher shops in Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and northern Virginia that custom process lamb and goat. The local farmer will discuss the butcher shops they work with.