Sheep can 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 plus Hampshire sheep. These two 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 production there are steps you need to take in order to be successful with your project. Below is a collection of things to consider before you venture into this industry.
1 . You must understand that there is a big 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 killed. On the other hand slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately slaughtered.
2. When you want to raise sheep for revenue factors that play a role in earnings are the price of feeding, the lamb growth rate and industry prices at that given time. If your lambs grow quicker it means that they will consume less food thus reducing the money it will cost in feeding them.
3. Lamb meat is meat from young sheep that are less than one years 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 3 different sections that 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 ribs 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 USA, Canada and also in Northern Europe just to point out a few.