Sheep may be breed for a number of different reasons such as wool, milk and meat. Farming 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 plus parasites. They also grow quicker 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. Below is a set of things to know before you endeavour into this industry.
1 . You should understand that there is a big 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 killed. Alternatively slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately killed.
2. When you wish to raise sheep for income factors that play a role in profitability are the price tag on feeding, the lamb growth rate and the marketplace prices at that given time. If your lambs grow faster it means that they will eat 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 then mutton but on the other hand mutton has more flavor.
4. Sheep meat has various varieties 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, leg, shoulder and breast. When ever chopping the lamb you cut from the ribs to the loin and the shoulders.
Since sheep meat is a superb 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.