Sheep can be breed for several different reasons such as wool, milk and meat. Farming sheep for meat needs sheep breeds grow fast and have good carcasses. Sheep that fall in this category are Dorper and 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 can fatten up.
When raising your own sheep for meat there are steps you have to take in order to be productive with your project. Below is a set of things to consider before you venture into this industry.
1 . You should know that there is a difference between feeder lambs and slaughter lambs. Feeder lamb 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 profitability are the price tag on feeding, the lamb growth rate and the market prices at that given time. If your lambs grow quicker it means that they will eat less food thus reducing the money it will cost in feeding them.
3. Lamb meat is meat got from young sheep that are less than a year old. Hogget meat is gotten from young male sheep and mutton gotten from castrated male sheep. Lamb meat is softer than mutton but on the other hand mutton has more flavor.
4. Sheep meat has various varieties and cuts. The meat is sorted in three different sections which are the loin, hind 1 / 4 and the forequarter. Lamb cuts are scrag end, middle neck, best end, loin, chump chops, leg, shoulder and breast. When ever chopping the lamb you cut from the ribs to the loin and the shoulders.
Since lamb 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 just to point out a few.