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Hair Sheep for Meat
April 17, 2013
8:44 pm
Leah's Mom
Northern Indiana
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Wondering if anyone raises “hair sheep” for meat. 

I was originally going to put in a couple of boer kids that would be able to browse an area of overgrown woods that has great forage for them, then butcher at about 6-7 months.  In the meantime, someone mentioned hair sheep and said that they browse like goats (in addition to some grazing) and said that the meat was more mild and better tasting than regular lamb.

I’ve never eaten goat meat, but if we didn’t like it, we definitely have a market for it here where we live so we would be able to sell the meat if we didn’t like it.

I like to research and learn how to raise an animal before I purchase one.  Natural husbandry, housing, feeding, health and emergency, etc.  I’ve been looking for any books on hair sheep and haven’t had any luck finding anything on the subject.

So..anyone have experience?  Any references you recommend?  Compare goat meat with hair sheep meat…which do you like best?

April 24, 2013
10:41 am
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Hi, I am new to this site yet I have some input for this Hair Sheep Question. 

I raise these lovely, no smell, no shear sheep. I raise Katahdins in SE In.

We also raise meat goats and can compare them for you.

The sheep are easier keepers so I have them because my fencing is shorter 36″.

Goats have the trait of testing every fence and do escape so my son has the goats on his portion of the land as he has all 52″ fencing.


I love venison (w/o musk flavor) and goat as equal tastes and consistency in meat.

Hair sheep lamb is w/o any strong strange flavor – not so with wool sheep. Its the wool lanolin that gives the off tastes that some like. I won’t eat that taste. My hair sheep produce very mild and soft meat.  An older sheep ewe or ram can taste a little so I use tuscan spices or Thai sweet chili sauce for seasonings.

Sheep are such easier keepers its amazing. They are shyer and they don’t test the limits.

Goats are always wanting the other side of the fence, sheep are content in their area.

I like the goats easier friendliness yet, raised with tenderness and bonding methods at lambing time, the sheep are calm and buddies too. More about lambing time if someone wants to know .

My type of hair sheep, Katahdins, are super mothers, no help lambing. They field lamb easily.

My line has triplets and 1/2  to 3/4 are ewes so far.

They are ready for slaughter @ 4 mo.old . 50 – 80 lbs and 33% meat, very low fat,

no cholesterol. I do not let my sheep get fat, only lean meat.

Meat goats have 25% meat and take longer to raise to slaughter weight.

There is no compromise in flavor if raised much longer and no musk flavor at all.

We slaughtered a 6 yr old ram & he tastes terrific, also a 3 yr old ewe.

They eat grass and woody leaves, hay and a feed mix similar to goats at pre-lambing and lactating time.

We are loaded with baby lambs of all colors right now and they play all over the fields.

I love them.  Feel free to reply or contact me.  

KeepingOnTheSunnySide, Vonn

April 24, 2013
12:18 pm
Leah's Mom
Northern Indiana
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Thank you so much!  That is just what I’m looking for.  I’ll send you a pm.  :D

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