Sheep may be breed for several 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 and parasites. They also grow faster 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 consider before you venture into this industry.
1 . You should know 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 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 quicker that means that they will consume less food thus reducing the money 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 different categories and cuts. The meat is sorted in 3 different sections which 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 chopping the lamb you cut from the steak to the loin and the shoulders.
Since sheep meat is a fantastic 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.