Our holistic line of products starts with live, grassfed ewes that we buy from local ranchers along the Snake River plain. Culled because of age, these ewes are normally trucked to out-of-state slaughterhouses, enduring lengthy trips that are highly stressful and sometimes even fatal. In addition, these shipments are expensive and energy intensive. Idahound’s demand for these animals reduces both cost and impact.
"We like to consider it a "farm-to-bowl" menu, fresher than anything produced by a larger manufacturer."
Idahound’s ewes are also the source of its dried treats. Rendered alongside the other products, our Lamb Crisps, Ewe Chews, and Lung Bites are dehydrated in a nearby room and packaged by hand. For Idahound’s Snake River Slivers, we source fresh, grassfed liver from the Montana Meat Cooperative, which, like us, is committed to sustainable ranching practices. Known as “offal,” these organ meats, although highly nutritious, are often difficult to move into human channels, especially for small producers. As with our cull ewes, Idahound’s offal purchases create a novel revenue stream for the ranchers involved.
To nutritionally balance our raw diets, Idahound’s recipes also include organic carrots, squash, and apples. From this last harvest, Idahound partnered with the Blaine County Hunger Coalition, whose volunteers gleaned hundreds of pounds of apples from local farms and neighborhoods. In an effort to reduce any and all food waste, Idahound received and processed any specimens that the Coalition determined were misshapen or unfit for its pantries, which in the agricultural world are called “#2s.” Likewise, Idahound purchases #2 carrots and squash whenever possible, further eliminating food waste and creating more revenue for the local farmers involved. It should be mentioned that while #2 produce isn’t pretty, it’s hardly rotten. All of the food that Idahound “recycles” simply fails to meet the stringent aesthetic standards of the grocery world, which, for example, might throw away a three-legged carrot.
Finally, we arrive at packaging and waste. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to reuse or recycle all of Idahound’s packaging. Food safety requirements, for example, forces us to seal the raw diets in polyurethane bags, which must be thrown away. We do, however, group the aforementioned bags into cardboard six-packs, a quarter of which we collect from participating retailers and reuse. The remainder we encourage customers to recycle. We also sell in bulk as often as possible, using buckets that customers also return to us. As we grow, Idahound is committed to finding more and more sustainable packaging options..