3-Day Complete Lamb Harvest

(4 customer reviews)


This is a unique chance for farmers and hunters of all stripes (new or veteran) to learn more about growing livestock and field dressing your game with good meat as the goal.

Using your hands and antique cutlery we will turn 4 lambs into kitchen sized lamb cuts, sausage and charcuterie. The class will be at our homestead outside Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Current Sessions

Spring: June 20th-22nd, 2024

Fall: Oct. 3rd-5th, 2024

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The Curriculum

Lamb Slaughter

This is a unique chance for farmers and hunters of all stripes (new or veteran) to learn more about growing livestock and field dressing your game with good meat as the goal.

Brandon will demonstrate humane sticking (killing) and bleeding methods. There will be no stunning involved, which only registers more pain and longer consciousness in the animal; we only need a very, very sharp knife. You then will take the knife in hand as Brandon leads you through clean and efficient hanging, skinning and eviscerating methods. We’ll extract all the offal and talk about the homesteader’s culinary use of the whole animal.

As always this is a very intimate and memorable teaching setting with Brandon as he works at your pace and we let your questions guide the day. You’ll be working with 4 lambs (1 lamb/2 people), making for plenty of material to learn on. Bring your notepads and filming devices. All instruction is entirely translatable to any other ruminant harvesting including goats, deer, elk, beef, etc.

Lamb Butchery and Cookery

Butcher a half carcass yourself using only traditional tools, our butcher block and your hands. We will waste nothing and let the physiology of the lamb inform our cutting. The logic of traditional meat cookery will become clear, enabling you to cook every cut perfectly. Learn to quarter any quadruped using these methods. We’ll be cutting the 4 lambs slaughtered the previous day so you can see the continuity of the entire process.

We’ll also learn some basic tying tricks and display aesthetics for your various crown roasts, rolled loins and any other ideas you bring to the table. Boning-out sections of the meat for the next sausage day is also on the docket.

Lamb Sausage and Charcuterie

Contrary to the recipe books, sausage is a simple thing. We will focus on the basics of any sausage that will serve as a launching pad for all your future sausage explorations.  Learning the perfect ratio of salt and fat to include in any sausage, you’ll add this red lamb meat to sweet Meatsmith-raised pork fat, grind, mix, stuff and link each banger yourself.

We’ll also make blood sausage with the blood we harvested on slaughter day, as well as pâté and crepinettes using the beautiful lacy caul fat. Tar tar will also be featured among the culinary pursuits and delectables of the day.

Best of all, we will savor the fruit of your labor for lunch, which is included in the class.  Also best of all, you get to take home 3 pounds of sausage yourself.

Parting Gifts

Now included with these 3-day events:

  • ***New: 2 months free access to the Meatsmith Membership, which includes
    • All Butcher’s Salt e-chapters for you to download
    • Our slaughter film, To Kill A Pig Nicely
    • 4+ years’ worth of harvest films, live chat archives, articles and forum dialogue
    • Podcast topic & questioning priority
  • 3 lbs. of your hand-made sausage.
  • *Lifetime access to our private Facebook page, Meatsmith Table, for class graduates and members only.*

(The knife sharpening method that Brandon learned from is now on YouTube on the Carter Cutlery channel.)

These serve as ready refreshers of what you learn with us.  They are unparalleled in American butchery educational materials because they return to the radical orthodoxy of the peasant kitchen.

The Menu

Each day, we break bread together and commemorate our work with an afternoon meal.  Our ingredients come from the pig and from our garden.  Locally roasted coffee and Jersey cream are provided each day.

On Slaughter Day, the lamb gives us her offal at its peak of freshness and flavor.  So we enjoy what is historically known as slaughter-day cheer, a feast of innards in a simple sauce with leavened bread, greens and wine.

On Butchery Day, a hearty steak-and-kidney pie is our meal, baked in the ineffable crunchiness of a leaf lard crust.  Wine will be served too.

On Charcuterie Day, we do our best to polish off the kitchen’s gallimaufry of boudin noir, pâté, sausages and crepinettes, aided by the welcome freshness of of a quickly fermented kale salad, tangy cheese and, of course, wine.

Each meal will be served with the sauce of labor.

Please ensure you read our “Student Signup Information and Policies” document. Due to quick sign-ups, traveling students and small class sizes we maintain a strict refund policy. If traveling from out of state, please read our Out-of-Towners page.

Course Testimonials

Sheep Harvest Testimonial

Most recent testimonial, Fall 2016: “The utility of this information will have immediate and long-term use. As a home chef, I expect to use it regularly for my domestic culinary investigations and pleasure. The long term impact of the class will continue to reveal itself with age. So much of the material (and the experience) is detailed, inter-disciplinary, bloody, emotional and tasty! It is one of the those experiences that will always be a culinary, social, emotional reference point to tie to other experiences. This is one of the principal values of the class in my mind.”

John, Alaska

“I’ve flown halfway across the country to attend a class of yours and watched your videos numerous times. The desire was already there for me to take on the life of sustainability, self-reliance, and kitchen economy. You all just provided the direction and spark… I’m all in because of you folks!”

Jay, Arizona

“I’ve participated in two hog processing classes. The classes and videos gave me the courage to raise my own hogs. We partnered with the Meatsmiths to host a class and harvest two of the 5 hogs. With the help of friends we processed three hogs on our own, cured three prosciutto, smoked and cured our own bacon, and made head cheese. In all that, the best part of all the learning is the growth of my family and friends. I can’t tell you how many wonderful people we call friends because of the porcine adventure.”

Jon; Shelton, WA

“You guys have a played a major role in our farm/homestead development of which pigs are the driving factor. Definitely have empowered me and my family. we have done some butchery since watching your videos. I hope to reference you for future marketing development for our farm. And one day get you to do a workshop (fingers crossed) I’m in west Tennessee in case you needed a gage of how far your outreach is. Thanks a million.”

Justin, Tennessee

Additional information

Course Dates

June 20th-22nd, 2024, Oct. 3rd-5th, 2024

4 reviews for 3-Day Complete Lamb Harvest

  1. David May (verified owner)

    Not what I expected and so much more. This is a true experience that changed my perspective on the animals I am raising, the gift that they are to us for food, what they have to offer, how to prepare them, and most importantly that I simply have a less dull knife:) I have now liberated my salt from the shaker and am thinking of ways to better connect with my family and community during our animal “harvests”. If you are looking for a way to better connect with your food – what an amazing experience. I can’t recommend this class enough or Brandon and Lauren’s family with whom to share that experience.

  2. Nick Buchta (verified owner)

    I learned more in this class than an entire semester of classroom education. Brandon is a fount of knowledge and an excellent teacher. The curing and cooking methods were particularly useful for someone as foreign to the kitchen as myself, and my wife will enjoy me spending more time there. I am now much more confident in my ability to harvest my animals, and inspired to share the bounty with those around me.

  3. Eric Chas (verified owner)

    This felt like so much more than a class, but rather, a few days hanging out with new friends. Brandon and Lauren (and children) opened their home and their hearts. In addition to the remarkably approachable curriculum, the conversations meandered throughout the days and covered so much more than the topic at hand. If you want to learn to harvest, or to cook, this class is for you. My wife and I attended with my son, who is in his fourth year of culinary school, and even he came away inspired. I can’t recommend this highly enough and we’ll be back for more classes.

  4. Patti & John LaNeve

    Years into our homesteading journey we knew we needed to begin processing our own animals and began the search for training opportunities. The Farmstead Meatsmith philosophy of peasant economy immediately resonated with us. Last year we attended a Backyard Butcher Workshop and this year we attended a Family Beef Harvest Class at Brandon and Lauren’s home. Brandon’s approach to butchery and training is traditional, authentic and thorough and has provided us with the confidence to process our own livestock, already many times over. You may wonder if the investment in a class is worth it? Financially, the savings in processing fees and wasted harvest parts your butcher doesn’t return, added up over several animals, will recoup your cost in a short time. To us, knowing the satisfaction of less stress on the animal, using every part of our harvest, the knowledge to preserve meat and having the exact cuts we prefer to cook goes way beyond the cost savings. Our table has also been richly blessed by the knowledge obtained in the Meatsmith Membership where countless questions have been asked and answered by Brandon and like-minded harvesters over the last few years. No matter the size of your homestead or experience level, these traditional skills will be of benefit to you.

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