Hanging weight

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by Avodah, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. Avodah

    Avodah Active Member

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    Would anyone be willing to share the following
    1.sheep breed
    2.how you feed (pasture, hay, grain)
    3.age you butcher
    4.hanging weight, or whatever final weight you use

    Reading a lot of contradicting things online. Thanks!
     
  2. Rectifier

    Rectifier Well-Known Member

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    Dorset X, pasture with whole grain supplement, lambs are naturally weaned, never separated from the ewes until they go for butcher. ~6-7 months (March-September), 95-115lbs on the hoof (most go on the hoof and I don't weigh the carcasses I butcher)
    They should dress out around 50% so that would be 50-55lbs on the rail.

    My pasture is native grassland, low volume and high protein. Makes for good gains. When we had excessive rains a couple years ago I barely made 90lbs as the grass came with too much water content and not enough protein. That is why we now use supplemental feed as insurance to make the market we like to hit.
     
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  3. Bob Johnsun

    Bob Johnsun Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the information was actually inquiring about sheep today .
     
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  4. odieclark

    odieclark Well-Known Member

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    We are just beginners
    Mainly Columbia
    Butcher at about a year
    Weights 140-250
    Hanging about half

    Feed-alfalfa hay, some pasture-but we have winter,
    Supplement with daily grain
    Loose minerals 24/7 free choice for sheep in selenium deficient region
     
  5. ArmyDoc

    ArmyDoc Well-Known Member

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    This year I harvested a 1 1/2 year old ewe who had trouble with her first birth (prolapsed vagina). She was ~120#. Packaged weight was ~45#.
    We sold all the lambs this year, so I cant tell you their butcher / hanging weights. Market here is for 50-70 pound lambs, and they prefer as close to 60 as possible. Not sure if they are wanting small lambs for butcher, or if they are wanting to fatten them themselves, but they were not interested in the more traditional 90-100# market weight animals.
     
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  6. jaybone

    jaybone New Member

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    We raise Katahdin/Dorper/Barbado crosses.
    All pasture and hay in the winter
    Typically slaughtered at 12-16 months,
    hanging around 50 pounds
     
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  7. odieclark

    odieclark Well-Known Member

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    We find hanging weights so far to be about half of live weight minus 10 pounds. Columbia sheep. Only a few processed so far, as trying to grow a small herd, but they have worked out that way so far.
     
  8. Willowdale

    Willowdale Well-Known Member

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    Slaughter randomly, when we have customers (we sell direct to consumer). Our sheep breed out of season so we might have lambs anytime.
    Feed on pasture, in winter feed hay, plus grain for pregnant or nursing ewes only
    Usually slaughter at a year, lambs are about 100 lbs, dress to 40.

    Make sure you schedule slaughter ahead of time! I didn't, now I'm going to be feeding hay to slaughter lambs all winter because I can't get a slaughter date before February!!! I'll get larger lambs but won't make up for hay cost as most of their growing will already be done
     
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  9. odieclark

    odieclark Well-Known Member

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    Oh my gosh, you are so right! Butchers are very busy here! Live and learn and PLAN!!!

    That sounds about accurate, though our hanging weight is usually half of live weight minus 10 pounds.... will see if that continues

    Thank you!