Sheep can be breed for several 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 very hot weather plus 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 have to take in order to be successful with your project. Below is some things to consider before you venture into this industry.
1 . You should know that there is a big difference between feeder lambs and slaughter lambs. Feeder lamb are lambs that are brought whilst they are still 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 farm sheep for income factors that play a role in profitability are the price of feeding, the lamb growth rate and industry prices at that given time. If your lambs grow faster that means that they will eat less food thus reducing the cash 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 then mutton but on the other hand mutton has more flavor.
4. Sheep meat has various categories 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 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 simply to point out a few.