Sheep may 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 hot weather and parasites. They also grow faster and in a short space will fatten up.
When raising your own sheep for meat production there are steps you need to take in order to be successful with your project. Beneath is some 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 very 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 income 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 faster it means that they will consume less food thus reducing the money 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 than 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 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 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 simply to point out a few.