Bill Fosher wrote:I'd maintain that a 200 to 250 pound "lamb" is, in fact, mutton.
Bill, I think you're right on regarding it's now mutton. While there are lambs that can get to those weights out of the big frame genetics, that vast majority of genetics in the country that end up in a feedlot has to be a year plus to break 200 lbs. I still struggle with the business skills of anyone feeding lambs to those weights thinking the markets going to compensate them but if they're out there, then it must be happening.
We sold a few sheep to slaughter last week. A 12 month old ewe lamb I'd just weaned a lamb off of that brought $137/lb. 16 month old ewe that didn't lamb that I decided didn't make the cut to breed this year got $120/lb. Both were top in the sellers that day in their category, not nearly as fun or profitable to be selling slaughter sheep as a year ago. Rest we sold were older cull ewes that brought even less.