Post by talithathecow15 on Jul 2, 2019 17:48:26 GMT -5
Hello All! How much does it cost you to raise and butcher lambs? I have two lambs that I am hoping to sell next spring for Easter, but have no idea how much to ask for them. They will not be organic, but they will not have any antibiotics or hormones given to them. They are on all milk protein milk replacer, lamb pellets, and grass. Thank you!
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For holidays, around here, most lambs are purchased by ethic groups, and they don't pay much for lamb, but also will buy smaller lambs (lambs that aren't necessarily higher butcher weight of 120-140#). My friend sells a lot of lambs like this for around $80-125 depending on the animal and size and age.
I sold my first butcher lambs for $2.00/lb. hanging weight, plus $50 for slaughter (we did it). They then hauled the animal to a butcher and had the meat cut and wrapped at their expense (came out to $3.00/lb).
This year, I advertised for $2.00/lb. live weight, thinking I could get paid for the lambs before the went to slaughter, saving me the risk of getting an animal to the butcher and having the person back out. If the buyers follow through, they'll be paying me $2.00/lb (at approx. 110# live weight, so $220, minus the gas to drive the live animals 30 miles to the butcher.) plus $50 kill fee and cut/wrap fees. We'll see if it happens, if it does that would be a nice amount to get for raising these animals.
As for "what does it actually cost me", that's hard to quantify. We estimate each ewe eats around a ton of hay per year ($160-ish), plus our time, minerals, fencing, etc. The lambs don't have a cost in and of themselves (nurse on momma & eat pasture). So if you could get $200 out of the ewe, that'd maybe break-even on cost (not including labor). Divide that price over one large or two smaller lambs.
Jersey cow family: Samson's Rosita (age 3) & Virtuoso Briar Rose (age 2) An Akita, some kitty cats, 7 Border Leicester sheep & 53 hens
Prices at Easter will be good and you should sell by the pound. Prices are down right now as it isn't the best time to sell, but around Easter you can easily get a dollar+ more per pound. At least that is what the paper always shows.
The prices vary, but the weights they have listed in the " Missouri / Iowa Farmer Today" are in 2 categories.
1. Slaughter lambs - non traditional markets - ( 50-70 pounds) $ 142.50--147.50
2. Feeder lambs ( 35-59 pounds) $ 131--140
These prices are per cwt( 100 pounds).
Last Edit: Jul 3, 2019 14:01:14 GMT -5 by jerseyrose
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