Sheep may be breed for a number of 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 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 farming 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 know before you endeavour into this industry.
1 . You must 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. On the other hand slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately killed.
2. When you wish to raise sheep for profits factors that play a role in success are the price tag on feeding, the lamb growth rate and the market prices at that given time. If your lambs grow quicker that means that they will eat less food thus reducing the money you will spend in feeding them.
3. Lamb meat is meat got 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 than mutton but on the other hand mutton has more flavor.
4. Sheep meat has various classifications 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, leg, shoulder and breast. When ever chopping the lamb you cut from the steak 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.