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 and Hampshire sheep. These 2 sheep are known to be resistant to very hot weather and parasites. They also grow quicker and in a short space will fatten up.
When raising your own sheep for meat there are steps you need to take in order to be successful with your project. Below is some things to know before you endeavour into this industry.
1 . You must know that there is a difference between feeder lambs and slaughter lambs. Feeder lamb are lambs that are brought whilst they are very young. They are feed and raised before they are killed. Alternatively slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately slaughtered.
2. When you want 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 faster that means that they will eat less food thus reducing the money it will cost in feeding them.
3. Lamb meat is meat from young sheep that are less than a year 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 different classifications and cuts. The meat is sorted in three 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. Once chopping the lamb you cut from the ribs to the loin and the shoulders.
Since sheep 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 simply to point out a few.