Sheep can be breed for several 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 plus Hampshire sheep. These 2 sheep are known to be resistant to hot weather and parasites. They also grow faster and in a short space will fatten up.
When raising your own sheep for meat there are steps you have 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 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 slaughtered. Alternatively slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately slaughtered.
2. When you want to farm sheep for revenue factors that play a role in profitability are the price tag on feeding, the lamb growth rate and the marketplace prices at that given time. If your lambs grow quicker that 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 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 categories and cuts. The meat is sorted in 3 different sections which are the loin, hind 1 / 4 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 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.