Hormones, never. Antibiotics, only for medical conditions that specifically require their use. Importantly for you, the buyer, we do not administer “fed antibiotics” to our lambs as a growth supplement.
Never. Sheep are ruminant herbivores, and should be fed accordingly!
As a seedstock producer, we pay more attention to detail – at every level – than any other kind of livestock operation. The health of our stock is an overriding concern. Due to the various health certification programs of which we are a part, our sheep are inspected every year by a USDA veterinarian. How we grow, care for, and feed our locker sheep reflects this kind of attention to detail. We don’t feed antibiotics, hormones, or animal by-products. Our locker sheep are managed for flavor profile, tenderness, and the proper amount of “finish” (i.e., marbling). They are processed in USDA-inspected facilities of impeccable reputation.
Aside from the benefits of knowing where your food comes from, and often a lower price, it is the only way you will consistently get sheep of excellent quality and good plate coverage.