Sheep farming for meat is one of the most lucrative lines of livestock production in South Africa. The sheep meat (mutton or lamb meat) is considered a delicacy and fetches high prices. Sheep are even considered to be more preferable than goat farming because they are less destructive to surrounding environment. They are also adaptable to various environment. Another key advantage of sheep farming stems from the fact that sheep do not require intricate or elaborate housing. This article will outline how to start a mutton sheep farming business in South Africa, and the mutton sheep farming business plan – PDF, Word and Excel.

Before you start a commercial meat sheep farming business in South Africa, there are some important decisions which you have to make. You have to decide on the size of your mutton sheep production business ie how many sheep you will have at your sheep farm.  Location of your mutton sheep farming business, and your target market, are the other important decisions to make. The size of your meat sheep farming business will depend on the amount of capital you have, and your target market. Sheep farming business is capital intensive, but with a lot of potential when it comes to scaling. It’s important that you get a good mutton sheep farming business plan before you start a commercial sheep farming business in South Africa.

NB: This article and business plan is about sheep for meat production only. We also have an article and business plan for both wool & mutton:  Wool & Mutton Sheep Farming in South Africa

Land for Mutton Sheep Farming

The location of the meat sheep farming business is an important decision to make. Proximity to major road networks is necessary for easy access to your sheep farm and to the market. Your sheep farm should have reliable water supply that can be used for both human and animal consumption. Water is so important because sheep need lots of it. The land should have pasture where the sheep can graze on. Sheep feed primarily on pasture. If you have a large piece of land you can compartmentalise your grazing area into portions. This will enable you to implement rotational grazing so as to curtail overuse and overgrowth of undesirable forage. This means that you should allow your sheep to graze on one piece of pasture while the other pasture is resting.

Housing and Equipment for Sheep

Sheep can be housed indoors or outdoors depending on the climate, season of lambing, and management preferences. Indoor housing protects the sheep from adverse weather conditions and predators. Housing for the sheep can be in the form of barns, sheds, hoop houses and other structures. Sheep housing should be located on elevated, well-drained sites. The sheep housing must have good air circulation and dampness must be avoided at all costs. The housing and even the area the sheep use for pastures must be sufficiently secure. Fencing using purchased wire fences or even wood planks can guarantee good security from predators. The required equipment for mutton sheep farming includes drinking and feeding equipment. Your commercial mutton sheep farming business plan should include the costs of purchasing equipment and sheep housing.

Breeding Stock for Meat Sheep Production Business

You need breeding stock to start the mutton sheep farming business in South Africa. The male sheep are called rams, while the female sheep are called ewes. Rams will mate with ewes to produce lambs, which you then raise. You need to get good quality breeders so that you ultimately produce good quality sheep and ultimately the meat. So it is important to source breeders from reputable suppliers – carefully assess and never make haste in such decisions. These must be suppliers who are not stingy with knowledge when it comes to questions that you might have. It is also wise to, if possible, source locally available breeds since they will be more suited to the local environment. The most popular breeds for mutton sheep production in South Africa are the Dorper, South African Mutton Merino, Blackhead Persian, Ile de France, Dormer, Van Rooy  and the Meatmaster. The cost of purchasing the breeding stock should be included in your mutton sheep farming business.

Feed for the Sheep

Feeding costs tend to be the biggest cost in a commercial mutton sheep farming business, as you will require supplementary feed. The primary and most economical source of nutrients for sheep is pasture. However feed supplements will be necessary for the sheep. Pasture might not always be adequate for the sheep due to changing seasons. If you’re into commercial meat sheep production, supplementary feed is a must. Supplementary feed for sheep include grains, hay, commercial sheep feeds, salts and minerals. Your meat sheep farming business plan should take into account the feeding costs.

Management And Labour For A Sheep Farm

The number of employees needed for a mutton sheep farm depends on the scale of production, but tends to need consistently available hands. There are quite a number of routine tasks that need to be regularly done in the care of the sheep. There is need for sheep keepers who will be responsible for feeding the sheep, arranging the mating of rams & ewes,  cleaning and disinfecting the sheep housings, monitoring the health of the sheep flock and other related duties. There may also be need for a dedicated finance and marketing team, depending on the size of your mutton sheep business. Your mutton sheep farming business plan should take into account the salary costs for all your employees.

Market for Sheep

Meat Sheep Farming Business Plan South Africa

Slaughtered Sheep Carcass

The products of this business are sheep meat – lamb & mutton. Lamb is meat from a sheep younger than 1 year while mutton is from a sheep older than 1 year. The demand for sheep meat in South Africa is very high. The average demand of lamb and mutton in South Africa exceeds 190 000 tonnes per annum. South Africa consumes more mutton & lamb than what is domestically produced. So South Africa has to import sheep meat to satisfy the local demand. This just shows that the demand is high and there is need for more mutton sheep farmers. You can supply your lamb &  mutton to abattoirs , hotels, restaurants, retailers, butcheries, meat processors and individuals. The sheep meat production business plan should include a proper marketing plan for your business. 

PRE-WRITTEN MUTTON SHEEP FARMING BUSINESS PLAN (PDF, WORD AND EXCEL): COMPREHENSIVE VERSION, SHORT FUNDING/BANK LOAN VERSION AND AUTOMATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For an in-depth analysis of the mutton sheep farming business in South Africa, purchase our meat sheep farming business plan. We decided to introduce the business plans after noting that many South Africans were venturing into the mutton sheep production business without a full understanding of the industry, market, how to run the business, the risks involved, profitability of the business and the costs involved, leading to a high failure rate of their businesses.

Our business plan will make it easier for you to launch and run a mutton sheep production business successfully, fully knowing what you are going into, and what’s needed to succeed in the business. It will be easier to plan and budget as the mutton sheep production business plan will lay out all the costs involved in setting up and running the meat sheep farming business. The business plan is designed specifically for the South African market.

USES OF THE MEAT SHEEP PRODUCTION BUSINESS PLAN (PDF, WORD AND EXCEL)

The mutton sheep production business plan can be used for many purposes including:

  • Raising capital from investors/friends/relatives
  • Applying for a bank loan
  • Start-up guide to launch your meat sheep farming business
  • As a mutton sheep farming project proposal
  • Assessing profitability of the mutton sheep farming business in South Africa
  • Finding a business partner
  • Assessing the initial start-up costs so that you know how much to save
  • Manual for current business owners to help in business and strategy formulation

CONTENTS OF THE COMMERCIAL MUTTON SHEEP FARMING BUSINESS PLAN (PDF, WORD AND EXCEL)

The business plan includes, but not limited to:

  • Market Analysis
  • Industry Analysis
  • 5 Year Automated Financial Statements [ Income statements, cash flow statements, balance sheets, monthly cash flow projections (3 years monthly cash flow projections, the remaining two years annually),break even analysis, payback period analysis, start-up costs, financial graphs, revenue and expenses, Bank Loan Amortisation]
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Risk Analysis
  • SWOT & PEST Analysis
  • Operational Requirements
  • Sheep farming guide (Technical Details of how to breed, feed and raise the sheep)
  • Operational Strategy
  • Why some South Africans in the meat sheep production business fail, so that you can avoid their mistakes
  • Ways to raise capital to start your meat sheep farming business in South Africa
  • Directory [Contact Details for South African suppliers of feeds, equipment, breeding stock, contacts of sheep farming training companies in South Africa, contacts of sheep farming organisations in South Africa]

The Meat Sheep Farming Business Plan package consist of 4 files

  1. Mutton Sheep Farming Business Plan – PDF file (Comprehensive – 96 pages)
  2. Mutton Sheep Farming Business Plan – Editable Word File (Comprehensive – 96 pages)
  3. Mutton Sheep Farming Business Plan Funding Version – Editable Word File (Short version for applying for a loan – 41 pages)
  4. Mutton Sheep Farming Business Plan Automated Financial Statements – (Editable Excel file)

The financial statements are automated. This implies that you can change eg the number of sheep, price of sheep etc, and all the other financial statements will automatically adjust to reflect the change. 

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