Sheep may be breed for several 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 hot weather and parasites. They also grow quicker and in a short space will fatten up.
When farming your own sheep for meat production there are steps you need to take in order to be successful with your project. Below is some things to consider before you endeavour into this industry.
1 . You must know that there is a difference between feeder lambs and slaughter lambs. Feeder lambs are lambs that are brought whilst they are still young. They are feed and raised before they are slaughtered. Alternatively slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately killed.
2. When you want to farm sheep for revenue factors that play a role in earnings are the price tag on 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 one years old. Hogget meat is gotten 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 categories 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. Once chopping the lamb you cut from the ribs 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 United States, Canada and also in Northern Europe simply to point out a few.