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 and 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 a set of things to consider before you endeavour into this industry.
1 . You must 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. Alternatively slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately slaughtered.
2. When you want to raise sheep for profits factors that play a role in profitability are the price of 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 money you will spend 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 from castrated male sheep. Lamb meat is softer then 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 that 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. When 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.