The old saying that "the shoemaker's wife goes without shoes" might be changed to read "the lamb raiser and feeder of the west does not eat lamb." About three-fourths of the population of the United states is east of the Mississippi River, and about 90 per cent of all the lamb and mutton produced in the United states is consumed east of the Mississippi. It has been observed, both on the farms and in towns, that a large percentage of people in the sheep sections of the west have tasted neither lamb nor mutton.
Smith, Harry H., "Circular No. 82 - Lamb Slaughtering and Cutting" (1929). UAES Circulars. Paper 71.