February is Kentucky Lamb Month!
We spend the month celebrating delicious, healthy lamb, as well as the state's sheep industry.
Did you know?
There are 4,000 Kentucky farmers who raise sheep and lamb as part of their livestock operations.
Annually, the state's sheep industry adds over $7 million in revenue to Kentucky’s agricultural receipts
Kentucky ranks 26th nationally for sheep inventory, totaling 59,000 head in January 2022
Market lambs and sheep increased for 2022, up 1% from 2021
Leg of lamb is lean with about 150 calories per serving.
Lamb has healthy omega-3 fatty acid!
A 3-ounce serving of lamb provides 37% of the recommended daily value of vitamin B12.
Leg, shoulder and loin are the top selling lamb cuts at retail.
68% of 2018 respondents indicated a preference for American Lamb, up from 40% in 2011.
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On February 6th, Commissioner Ryan Quarles signed the proclamation making February KY Lamb Month! The event was held at Stella's Kentucky Deli in Lexington, KY. Remarks were given by Richard Popham, Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producer President, Lester Miller, Stella's Chef, and the Commissioner himself. After the signing, everyone enjoyed a fabulous lamb burger prepared by Lester using RootBound lamb.
Read the press release here.