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And here's one you stroked last year........

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wotsamashedupjingl Sun 25-Mar-12 19:08:34

Could you, when going to a lambing day and cooing over the lovely little lambs, buy and eat a lamb-burger?!

It was all there was on offer, apart from cake and we had had no lunch! shock blush

Carol Sun 25-Mar-12 19:14:08

Nooo! I go off lamb this time every year!

Hattie64 Sun 25-Mar-12 19:17:08

If it was the lamb I had petted an hour or so beforehand, and also knew its name, Molly or similar, then perhaps not. Otherwise no hesitation in chewing on a lamby burger!

glassortwo Sun 25-Mar-12 19:17:21

You two would never make farmers grin its the food chain grin

Greatnan Sun 25-Mar-12 19:21:04

No problem - I am the ultimate carnivore, but I am cutting right down on red meat for health reasons.
When I was in NZ a couple of months ago, I helped to feed my daughter's pig, but I will be very happy to enjoy some lovely pork dinners next time I go over there.
She is getting two lambs next, and I have advised her not to name them!

Anne58 Sun 25-Mar-12 19:35:13

Speaking as someone who (in a previous life/marriage) used to have a small flock of 50 sheep, yes I could.

I loved lambing time. Even with all the late nights etc. The joy of sitting with a glass of wine around 6pm on a Spring evening watching what we called "The Lamb Grand National", which consisted of the lambs all gathering together while their mums had their hard feed, and running in a group up the hedge, then turning around and running back again, with much exuberant leaping along the way! (Much hilarity when the younger ones were still on the way up, were confronted with the older lambs on the way back, and would suddenly do an about turn!)

I have strong views on welfare, and when our lambs were "ready" they were loaded by us onto the lorry, taken directly to the abattoir and killed asap. No hanging around.

People asked us how we could bear it, my response was that rather that way than sold at market and then possibly transported across Europe with no layerage, food or water.

Quality of lfe is the key thing, and my lambs (and ewes for that matter) were treated to the best possible life.

petallus Sun 25-Mar-12 19:58:53

I'm glad I'm a vegetarian!

Annobel Sun 25-Mar-12 20:01:53

So say I, petallus!

Anne58 Sun 25-Mar-12 20:06:22

petallus , do you wear leather, i.e. shoes etc.

glassortwo Sun 25-Mar-12 20:32:14

phoenix when we eventually get into our house our neighbour is going to let us have four of his ewes to start us off, I cant wait. smile

hummingbird Sun 25-Mar-12 20:46:08

I have no problem with this. Let's face it, the lambs wouldn't be there if no one wanted to eat them! I don't eat a great deal of red meat, but could never be a veggie!

nightowl Sun 25-Mar-12 20:47:16

I'm also glad to be a vegetarian. And no, I don't use leather, sheepskin, feathers or down or any other animal products that involve their death. And forgive me for pointing out the flaw in the title but lamb is actually meat from an animal under a year old, so the lambs you are stroking now will be ready for the table in about 12 weeks time.

The following article contains graphic descriptions of filming that took place in slaughterhouses and is certainly food for thought (pardon the pun)

Greatnan Sun 25-Mar-12 21:00:33

My daughter's piglets live the life of Riley, with a big pen and access to their own little wood for foraging (lots of land in New Zealand). When her first pig was ready, the butcher from the next block brought his trailer and my daughter lured it up the ramp with plums. He drove it about 100 yards to his slaughterhouse and they had the joints within a day.

numberplease Sun 25-Mar-12 21:35:01

A few years ago, we rented a holiday cottage on a farm in N.Wales. Their 14 year old daughter had been given 2 lambs to rear by her parents, and we loved watching them follow her everywhere. I asked her what happened when they grew bigger, if they`d go back with the other sheep, and she said " No, the butcher in the village is buying them off me, so I can put the money towards my school holiday trip." It would have broken my heart to get to know them like that, and then sell them for slaughter.

Anagram Sun 25-Mar-12 21:38:35

If you're brought up on a farm, you have a different attitude - it's a way of life and their livelihood. No room for sentiment in farming!

nelliedeane Sun 25-Mar-12 21:47:14

We have chickens ,unfortunatley I named them and discovered they had personalities,we had a more cockerels than where needed,all was fine until it came to eating them,it was like eating my children,when we moved we made sure they went to good foster homes....we have some more,note to self DO NOT get involved let OH deal with them..confused

nightowl Sun 25-Mar-12 22:08:47

Anagram my grandfather was a farmer and even though I'm a vegetarian I had a lot of respect for his way of life. He cared for his animals and looked after them like pets, but he also had the honesty to kill and butcher them himself. One of his deeply held beliefs was 'you don't eat babbies' and he would never touch veal, nor would he have been too impressed by the present habit of eating lamb - it was mutton in his day. I would never choose to eat meat under any circumstances but I do respect farmers like my grandfather who had integrity. What I cannot bear is today's factory farming and attitudes to animals.

crimson Sun 25-Mar-12 22:15:05

I hate the live transportation of horses to Europe more than anything else. My partner told me of a horse lorry that went past him last year [empty] and the very thought of it made my blood run cold. I have every respect for people like phoenix who looked after their animals right through to their death, and your grandfather, too nightowl.

Aurelia Sun 25-Mar-12 22:15:32

At this time of year in Rome and the surrounding area, lamb known as Abbacchio is a popular dish. It is milk only fed lamb of only 20 to 30 days old. It is light coloued meat with a very delicate flavour, and very tender, with no fat ~ delicious.


Kiwibird Mon 26-Mar-12 07:22:08

Something I hate when driving along is passing a sheep truck literally stuffed with sheep, looking as though they've been packed in any old way. Noses sticking out of the bars, backsides, and, if I look, eyes looking my way. Soppy sounding I know, and yes I could never ever be a farmer. My meat consumption has decreased to almost nothing, and to be honest, this is more from a health point of view (colitis). I understand the food chain and understand how vital sheep are to New Zealand's economy (where I live) but those sheep trucks? Maybe I'm too soft-hearted.

Greatnan Mon 26-Mar-12 08:02:18

I agree with you , Kiwibird - animals should still be treated humanely even when they are being kept purely for food.

kittylester Mon 26-Mar-12 08:32:10

We had lamb for dinner yesterday - boned, rolled shoulder studded with garlic, rosemary and anchovies - delicious! smile

When I was young we lived next door to a farm and I used to play with the farmer's grandchildren on and around the haystacks (probably an 'elf and safety issue today!). One year, the farmer had reared an orphan lamb, we named him Joseph, who followed us everywhere, even to the sweet shop! He eventually died after drinking the disinfectant intended for cleaning the milking parlour. sad

bagitha Mon 26-Mar-12 09:37:11

Do herd animals mind being huddled together? I thought they liked it and did it naturally sometimes, e.g. for safety or warmth (think emperor penguins in Antarctica). The old style stone-dyke sheep pens used this natural behaviour in their design to protect farm sheep from the worst of the winter weather. I think packing sheep into a lorry is only different in that they are not on solid earth. The emotional response to this is purely human, and we feel it only because we know (or think we know) that they are going to the slaughter house.

It is a safe way to move them too as they can't fall over. They prop each other up.

Of course, I agree with everyone else who thinks that any actual cruel practice or practices where the animals are clearly not well looked after (too long in a lorry, for instance) are not right.

Amber Mon 26-Mar-12 10:25:10

Where would we be if no one ate meat? no farmers are going to keep animals just to be looked at! they would have to sell up to the builders or turn their farms over to arable crops, but with the water shortages we have at the moment, there is not much choice, so it would mean, no green fields, and no hedgerows just houses, industrial estates and fields of oilseed rape, or biomass crops. I come from a farming family, both my brother and sister have farms, both of them have their animals killed at a local abatoir, then sell the meat to their long waiting list of customers, if the animals have had a good life, the lambs (and piglets and calves)are grown slowly I can see nothing wrong with eating meat after all thats why we have canine teeth

Greatnan Mon 26-Mar-12 10:28:20

I like being the highest rank in the food chain.