Sheep can be breed for a number of different reasons such as wool, milk and meat. Raising sheep for meat needs 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 and 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 need to take in order to be productive with your project. Below is a collection of things to consider before you endeavour into this industry.
1 . You must understand that there is a big difference between feeder lambs and slaughter lambs. Feeder lambs are lambs that are brought whilst they are still young. They are feed and raised before they are killed. Alternatively slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately killed.
2. When you want to raise sheep for revenue factors that play a role in earnings are the price of feeding, the lamb growth rate and the market prices at that given time. If your lambs grow faster 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 three different sections which 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. When chopping the lamb you cut from the ribs to the loin and the shoulders.
Since lamb meat is a fantastic cuisine it is a very profitable business to venture in. Barbecued mutton is popular in the United States, Canada and also in Northern Europe just to point out a few.