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For Producers

FAQs

How do I book a Harvest date?

Westfine requires at least 2 to 3 weeks notice to schedule lambs for Harvest. Hours of receiving are 7:30am to 3:30 pm. Monday to Thursday (Sunday to Thursday.  Sunday’s 10am to 2pm). We will do our best to accommodate any number of lambs. Animals need to be delivered the day before Harvest. They will be weighed at the plant on our scale when unloading. Please do some tests weights to avoid having high (over fat) or low (under finished) weights.

What is the ideal Live weight?

Depending on the breed, lambs should weigh 115 to 125 lbs live, with a dressing percentage of 46-51%, which also depends on time of year and conditions of the lamb. Animals also need to be fed a grain finishing ration for at least a 45 days. Grain feeding gives a more consistent finish, mild flavor and white fat that consumers prefer.

When should I take livestock off feed?

    • Westfine requires lambs to be taken off feed 24 hours before Harvest day.  This requirement is necessary to avoid full stomachs which can lead to condemnation on the slaughter floor, obstruction of stomach processing machine and other equipment.  Also, having empty stomachs will provide producers with a true yield. Undigested feed just ends up being an additional waste removal cost to Westfine and producers.

Does Westfine buy feeder lambs?

No, however we do buy light lambs where the weight requirement is 70 lbs to 75 lbs.  These are a “Special order” depending on Demand.  They also need two to three weeks notice for booking.  Feeder lambs are purchased on a live weight basis at the plant. Prices will be established according to the weight of the feeders and what the current market is. Feeder lambs also need two weeks notice for booking.

What are my payment Options?

There are two ways of payment. Rail pricing is our focus for payment of finished lambs to reward producers delivering better quality. Live weight payments are primarily used for feeder lamb purchases and culls. Market conditions established for finished and feeder lamb pricing fluctuate according to supply and demand for lamb, and there is a strong seasonality to pricing.  All lamb payments will be made in accordance to regulatory requirements. Live (Feeders) within 48 hours, rail grade (Finished) within 72 hours.

How does the Price Grid Premiums / Deductions affect my Net Rail Price?

The Price Grid is a combination of carcass weight, GR measurement (Fat cover) and cleanliness. The GR measurement is the total tissue dept of the lamb carcass over the 12-13th rib, 11 cm from the backbone. This is taken with a grading rule. A deeper GR measurement indicates a fatter carcass. Optimum GR measurement is 3 mm to 18 mm. Less than 3 mm is considered under finished and will be graded as a C lamb and are subject to a discount. More than 18 mm are over fat. See below grid information on premiums and deductions.

How does Rail Base Price work?

See below for more information.

Why Grade?

Westfine grades every lamb to meet retail and food service minimum requirements. This helps Improve consistent quality for target market growth. This is designed to reward producers exceeding basic quality requirements and allows Wesfine to provide producers information about the quality of their livestock.

Westfine Meats Inc.

For more information please call

Cathy Krohn: 403-227-7866

Toll Free: 1-877-399-4084