Sheep may be breed for a number of different reasons such as wool, milk and meat. Raising sheep for meat requires sheep breeds grow fast and have good carcasses. Sheep that fall in this category are Dorper and Hampshire sheep. These two sheep are known to be resistant to hot weather plus parasites. They also grow quicker and in a short space will fatten up.
When raising your own sheep for meat production there are steps you have to take in order to be successful with your project. Below is a set of things to consider before you venture into this industry.
1 . You should understand that there is a difference between feeder lambs and slaughter lambs. Feeder lambs are lambs that are brought whilst they are very young. They are feed and raised before they are slaughtered. Alternatively slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately slaughtered.
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 faster it means that they will eat less food thus reducing the cash 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 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 3 different sections which 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. Once chopping the lamb you cut from the ribs to the loin and the shoulders.
Since lamb meat is a superb cuisine it is a very profitable business to venture in. Barbecued mutton is popular in the USA, Canada and also in Northern Europe just to point out a few.