Sheep may be breed for several different reasons such as wool, milk and meat. Raising sheep for meat needs sheep breeds grow fast and have good carcasses. Sheep that fall in this category are Dorper plus 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 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 must understand that there is a big 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 killed. On the other hand slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately killed.
2. When you want to farm sheep for revenue factors that play a role in profitability 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 one years 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 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 just to point out a few.