In 1927, there were over 500,000 sheep in the Willamette Valley. Now there is an estimated 70,000 sheep in the valley.

There has been declining sheep numbers in the USA. since 1948.With the declining sheep numbers the processors have consolidated more.

There is only one major lamb processor on the West Coast in Dixon, Ca.

Half the lamb sold now is from New Zealand and Australia.

Most U.S.A. lamb is trucked thousands of miles to feedlots in Colorado and fed grains.

The Anderson family built Kalapooia Valley Grass Fed Processing LLC so that we could have USDA inspections on our own farm processing.

Only wild steelhead salmon have more Omega 3's than Anderson Ranches grass fed lamb, compared to other proteins.

Oregon grass fed lamb has always been a premium product sold in the USA.


The Anderson Family

The Anderson's have been raising Oregon grass fed lamb for 5 generations.

Kalapooia Valley Grass Fed Processing Brownsville, Oregon - USDA Inspected

USDA- Our Meat Processing Facility is USDA inspected

- Compliance with the Humane Slaughter Act
Originally passed in 1958, the law that is enforced today by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was passed as the Humane Slaughter Act of 1978. This Act requires the proper treatment and humane handling of all food animals slaughtered in USDA inspected slaughter plants. It does not apply to chickens or other birds.

Inspection Basics (from the USDA web site)

"Federal law requires FSIS inspectors to be present at all times meat and poultry
slaughter plants are operating. Among other requirements, an inspector must observe
every live animal just before slaughter, both at rest and in motion, to detect signs of any disease or health problems that might render the animal unfit for human food. Plants must notify FSIS inspectors when animals first arrive, and the "antemortem" inspection is to be conducted on the day of their slaughter. Although inspectors are not stationed in the antemortem areas for the entire day, they are to return randomly after initial inspection to verify proper handling of the animals. This contrasts with "postmortem" inspection, where inspectors are stationed constantly along the processing lines inside the slaughter plants to examine each carcass and monitor other processing activities. "