Processing fee for Sheep

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by kuntrygirl, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Out of curiosity, I called around to a few places to find out how much they charge to process sheep and this is what I was told.

    Store #1
    $25.00 to process
    .36 cent per lb to cut and wrap

    Store #2
    $20.00 to process
    .25 cent per lb to cut

    Store #3
    $25.00 to process
    .20 cent per lb to cut
    .45 cent per lb to cut and wrap

    Are these prices too high/too low? Just curious
     
  2. agnes_day

    agnes_day Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so if you had a 300 pound sheep it would be a little over 100 for the whole thing to be processed and wrapped up? sounds good to me! well, how much meat would you actually get?
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Well, I'm not sure. They used the term "dressed out". I'm assuming that weight is minus the head, legs, etc. And I assume its ONLY the actual meat. Makes sense to me. What about you?
     
  4. agnes_day

    agnes_day Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
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    i think so..i mean, i have no idea! [​IMG]
    i would go for it anyways!
     
  5. ChicknJ

    ChicknJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    those prices are right in line. Here it is 40 to process pigs and 40 cents a lb,
    80 for cow and 40 cents lb.
     
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I noticed that there is a big difference if they just cut the meat and put it in a box as opposed to cutting and wrapping the meat. If I were to have them process, I guess I would only have them cut the meat and I take the meat home and wash and wrap the meat myself. I'm strange when it comes to handling and washing raw meat. I have to have raw meat washed. I would be paranoid that they wouldn't wash the meat before wrapping it. Is anyone else like that about washing raw meat?
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Should rams be "altered" in any way before processing?
     
  8. Ah Lian

    Ah Lian Out Of The Brooder

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    Washing raw meat is a good idea. I read that simply rinsing it actually removes a lot of surface bacteria. I usually rinse and pat dry all the meat I cook (except for ground meat!)
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Unless they are old, it wont effect the flavor of the meat.
    If it's already an old Ram, it's too late anyway
    Breed also makes a difference. "Hair sheep" have a milder flavor than wool breeds. It largely depends on how much of a "lamb flavor" you prefer.

    I dont neuter mine most of the time
     
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Unless they are old, it wont effect the flavor of the meat.
    If it's already an old Ram, it's too late anyway
    Breed also makes a difference. "Hair sheep" have a milder flavor than wool breeds. It largely depends on how much of a "lamb flavor" you prefer.

    I dont neuter mine most of the time

    Thanks Bear Foot Farm.

    The ram is less than 2 years old. And he is a barbado, so he is a hair sheep.
     

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