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 two sheep are known to be resistant to very hot weather and parasites. They also grow quicker and in a short space will fatten up.
When raising your own sheep for meat there are steps you need to take in order to be successful with your project. Below is a collection of things to know before you venture into this industry.
1 . You should understand that there is a 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 killed.
2. When you wish to raise sheep for profits factors that play a role in success are the price tag on feeding, the lamb growth rate and industry prices at that given time. If your lambs grow quicker 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 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 different varieties 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, leg, shoulder and breast. Once chopping the lamb you cut from the steak 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 United States, Canada and also in Northern Europe in order to point out a few.