Claudia the New Face of Lamb by Claudia Raleigh Cream of the Crop 2009
Photo taken by Claudia Raleigh atCootamundra Sale Yards
Hi I’m Claudia. My family operate a prime lamb rearingbusiness in Cootamundra, NSW, Australia andtoday I am going to share our story with you.
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Interesting fact!!!!!! My town The greatest batsman the world has ever known Sir Donald Bradman was COOTAMUNDRA born in Cootamundra on 27th August 1908 and you can visit the small private hospital where he was born at 89• Cootamundra is a Adams Street ,Cootamundra. The birthplace cottage contains memorabilia corruption of the Aboriginal of Sir Don, of cricket and of the Cootamundra district. word "Gooramundra" meaning turtles, swamp or low-lying.• Cootamundra is centrally located geographically in the South West Slopes of New South Wales - between Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide• http://www.cootamundra.local-e.nsw.gov.au
Australia “rode” on the sheeps back•My family and I are carryingon a proud Australian tradition•Sheep arrived in Australia withthe first fleet in 1788•They were brought by GovernorPhillip from the Cape of GoodHope in South Africa. They hadfat, long tails and their wool waslike hair. Sheep are not native toAustralia http://dl.screenaustralia.gov.au/module/1592/
A year in the life of a Prime Lamb Farmer...JANUARY: Joining. We select ewes for mothering ability and twinning and rams for qualities you want in a prime lamb such as carcase quality and growth rate.
MAY-JUNE:We undertakelamb marking,docking andcastrating,vaccination,earmarking andtagging.You can read all about these procedures and why we do them at this web link www.agric.wa.gov.au
JUNE- OCT: Lambs are left to grow in peace on prime pastures supplied by grower.
OCTOBER onwards: When lambs reach ideal weight for customers, they are sold either through the auction system at sale yards or direct to processors. Cootamundra Saleyards Photo by Claudia Raleigh
NOVEMBER: Lambs not sold are shorn andweaned. Raleigh family shearing shed Photo by Fiona Raleigh
Importance and Relevance to our everyday lifestyle.-Lean meat is important to a well balanced, healthy lifestyle It is asource of Protein, zinc, Omega-3, Vitamin B12, Niacin, Riboflavin andIron. Lamb ticks all the boxes for a healthy choice.-Lamb has a mild taste and its cuts are relatively small making it idealfor small children or elderly people. ‘Come round and we’ll justthrow a couple of lamb chops on the barbie’- sums up an Australian lifestyle.
Exporting Australian produced Lamb.Lamb exports during the first nine months in2009 totalled 119,466 tonnes. This is 12%higher than for the same period last year.Lamb is exported to countries such asAmerica, South Africa, Hong Kong, UnitedArab Emirates and The Middle East.
Environmental Impact.Prime Lamb production has a very low impacton the environment. There is an increase in growersusing grazing systems that monitor the impact onthe landscape and the sustainability of farmingland. Lambs and biodiversity can exist together.Our farm has a balance of naturalbushland and native pasture. It is hometo wildlife such as birds and kangaroos. Photo available from www.martinbourough.files.com.au
Cuts of lamb.-Lamb rack-Cutlets-Shanks-Chops-LegTraditional cuts are being replaced by cuts that areeasy to carve, cook, eat and that have the HeartFoundation tick of approval.Lamb is often value added at the butchers such aspies, kebabs and mince.
Economic Impact.Currently lamb is the most profitable meat inAustralia to produce. Lamb is very important to country towns. Where would my home town of Cootamundra be without Prime Lamb production?
Lamb is enjoyed by all ethnicgroups. Social Impact.It is versatile and adaptable tomany cooking styles and dishes,making it increasingly popularwith local and overseascustomers.It is very satisfying being alamb farmer and watching yourproduct grow, receiving apremium price for a topproduct and knowing yourcustomers appreciate what youhave produced. Photo taken by Claudia Raleigh
Our farm is a true blue Aussie partnership.My brothers and sister and I help with lamb marking, shearing,mustering, fencing, droving, drafting, and general farm jobs.
Farm life …. Our sheepdogs are very important workers.Photos by Fiona Raleigh
Waltzing Matilda – lamb our cultural heritage Jumbuck is an Australian term for sheep, made famous by Banjo Patersons poem "Waltzing Matilda”“ Down came a jumbuck to drink at The word is also an Australian aboriginal word for "cloud” which is the image the that billabong indigenous people had when sheep were Up jumped the swagman and first introduced in the country. grabbed him with glee, And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag Youll come a Waltzing Matilda with me. Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, Youll come a Waltzing Matilda with me, And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag”
Acknowledgements.Thankyou to Michael Raleigh and Fiona Raleigh – Mum and Dad Photos taken by Claudia Raleigh at the Cootamundra Sale Yards
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