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 and Hampshire sheep. These two sheep are known to be resistant to hot weather plus 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 should 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 killed. On the other hand slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately killed.
2. When you want to farm sheep for profits factors that play a role in success are the price tag on feeding, the lamb growth rate and the market 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 got 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 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 steak 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 USA, Canada and also in Northern Europe simply to point out a few.