Sheep may 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 plus 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 productive 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 lambs 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 wish to farm sheep for income factors that play a role in earnings are the price tag on feeding, the lamb growth rate and the market prices at that given time. If your lambs grow quicker it means that they will eat less food thus reducing the cash you will spend 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 then mutton but on the other hand mutton has more flavor.
4. Sheep meat has different varieties 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. Once 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 USA, Canada and also in Northern Europe just to point out a few.