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 2 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 there are steps you have to take in order to be productive with your project. Below is some things to consider before you venture into this industry.
1 . You should understand that there is a 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 slaughtered. On the other hand slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately killed.
2. When you want to raise sheep for income factors that play a role in success are the price of 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 cash 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 then mutton but on the other hand mutton has more flavor.
4. Sheep meat has various classifications 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 ever 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 United States, Canada and also in Northern Europe in order to point out a few.