Sheep can be breed for a number of 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 plus Hampshire sheep. These two sheep are known to be resistant to hot weather plus parasites. They also grow quicker and in a short space can fatten up.
When raising your own sheep for meat production there are steps you have to take in order to be successful with your project. Below is a collection 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 lamb are lambs that are brought whilst they are very young. They are feed and raised before they are slaughtered. Alternatively slaughter lambs are bought to be immediately killed.
2. When you want to raise sheep for income 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 faster that means that they will eat less food thus reducing the money you will spend in feeding them.
3. Lamb meat is meat got 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 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 quarter and the forequarter. Lamb cuts are scrag end, middle neck, best end, loin, chump chops, lower leg, shoulder and breast. When 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 USA, Canada and also in Northern Europe in order to point out a few.