Sheep can be breed for a number of different reasons such as wool, milk and meat. Farming 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 quicker and in a short space will fatten up.
When raising your own sheep for meat there are steps you have to take in order to be productive with your project. Below is some things to know before you endeavour into this industry.
1 . You must understand 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. On the other hand slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately killed.
2. When you want to raise sheep for revenue 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 consume less food thus reducing the cash it will cost 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 three 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 ribs to the loin and the shoulders.
Since sheep 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.