Sheep may be breed for several different reasons such as wool, milk and meat. Farming sheep for meat requires sheep breeds grow fast and have good carcasses. Sheep that fall in this category are Dorper plus Hampshire sheep. These 2 sheep are known to be resistant to very hot weather and parasites. They also grow faster and in a short space will fatten up.
When farming your own sheep for meat there are steps you have to take in order to be productive with your project. Below is some things to know before you endeavour into this industry.
1 . You should know that there is a difference between feeder lambs and slaughter lambs. Feeder lambs are lambs that are brought whilst they are still young. They are feed and raised before they are killed. Alternatively slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately killed.
2. When you want to raise sheep for income factors that play a role in earnings are the price of feeding, the lamb growth rate and the marketplace prices at that given time. If your lambs grow faster it means that they will consume less food thus reducing the money you will spend in feeding them.
3. Lamb meat is meat from young sheep that are less than one years old. Hogget meat is from young male sheep and mutton from castrated male sheep. Lamb meat is softer then mutton but on the other hand mutton has more flavor.
4. Sheep meat has various varieties and cuts. The meat is sorted in 3 different sections that are the loin, hind quarter and the forequarter. Lamb cuts are scrag end, middle neck, best end, loin, chump chops, lower leg, shoulder and breast. When ever chopping the lamb you cut from the steak to the loin and the shoulders.
Since sheep meat is a popular cuisine it is a very profitable business to venture in. Barbecued mutton is popular in the United States, Canada and also in Northern Europe in order to point out a few.