Originally Posted by Scottingitup
Originally Posted by Celie
All the hatcheries I check with lately say they on average should weigh 33 pounds for a tom, but they don't say whay mature age is?
That takes anywhere from 12-18 months to reach that weight. I process mine at around 20 lbs (8-10 month range) - I am breeding mine to reach it by the 8 month range - the fastest grower(s) i keep for breeding every other year. I am no expert though so we'll see how that works out for me. Next year I plan on keeping actual weight records.
I think you are on the right track. If you keep the biggest birds ( if the age is the same) you should increase the size over the generations. Weighing can be helpful too.
FYI. I ended up with very large sheep but not as much muscling when I selected only for growth rate. Do be sure to check that meat quantities are also increasing with the body size.