“There is a wealth of information on how to profitably rear and raise sheep and cattle, while the recipe books and articles on cooking meat are endless. There is, however, less information available on issues such as selecting, handling, storing, packaging and presenting meat.Yet these are all critical for optimum quality, food safety, consumer satisfaction […]
“This booklet highlights the good and the bad in terms of carcass quality, fat levels and conformation. Its aim is to help producers understand the specifications of the market and to illustrate some of the factors that can effect carcass value and therefore producer returns.”—Steve Powdrill, National Selection Specialist, UK Understanding lamb and carcasses for […]
Marketing prime lamb for Better Returns English sheep farmers currently market around 8.5 million lambs a year, producing 170,000 tonnes of sheep meat for domestic consumption and export.The way to maximise financial returns is to produce and sell the type of sheep buyers really want and are willing to pay the most money for.Do not produce a batch of lambs […]
Recommend practices for optimising lamb quality. Eblex – Optimising Lamb Meat Quality (EBLEX exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English lamb and beef sectors. It is funded by a statutory check-off paid on all beef and sheep animals slaughtered in or live animals exported from England.)
Background There are two types of muscle shortening which result in tough meat. These can be monitored by measuring pH/temperature changes with time Cold shortening This is more likely in conventional operations where electrical stimulation is not used. Avoidance of cold shortening can normally be achieved by ensuring that no muscle temperature falls below 10oC […]
The linked booklet explains the fundamentals of ewe feeding and how management tools such as body condition scoring can help producers properly match the level of feeding to the ewes’ needs. Improving ewe nutrition for Better Returns EBLEX exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English lamb and beef sectors. It is funded […]
A link to a British educational review of on sheep de-worming issues and practices. It includes information on peak infection times, when and when not to de-worm and how it should be done. We’ve included it because it makes a complicated subject unusually easy to read and understand.