Now, I never sold a lot of lamb, just a few extra’s above an beyond our own needs, the goal of the lamb was to pay the sheep flocks and my lambs butcher costs, so it was never a “money” producer but it was a steady thing, I have never had a issue selling my lamb when I did have it and I have lots of folks asking..
But I stopped selling lamb three years ago, the first year because I needed the meat, the second year because we had a poor year lamb wise and I had no extra’s and this year.. well this year I am selling no lamb so that I can save money and break even
I know, I know.. you just went what?
When I started selling lamb, I have normal good spring-summer pasture, normal good garden year for fodder, hay was 30 for a large round bale, straw was 20 a large square, hauling was 50 for all! the lambs butcher kill cost was 25 and cut and wrap was 40 cents a pound.
Now in this year of 2016, pasture still in recovery mode from drought of 2012, now drought of 2016 is going to need total remodel, twice this year, I had to do long term dry lot for the sheep, no garden fodder, as the gardens barely produced enough for the human needs, hay is 80 a round bale and we are lucky to have it, large square straw could not be found, but I have four left from 2015 that I did not use in the gardens as the writing was on the wall and I got a hundred small squares at 4 per and was lucky to do so, now because of the poor hay quality, the lack of pasture and the lack of fodder, I have to grain to increase the sheeps calories, so grain costs are 70 per six weeks
Those are the sunk costs, now you need to tag cost per lamb, the hauling is now 150, the kill cost has gone up to 35 and the cut an wrap has gone up to 65 cents per pound
BUT the buyers want the same or have asked for a lower price on the lamb itself..
The answer is pretty simple and clear.. keep the lamb for our own use.
Remove the tag costs, the hauling costs, remove the butcher costs, remove the cutting costs and reduce the wrapping to supply costs or canning costs only, use the extras as much as possible as extra dog food, keep and use the horns for gifts or projects, keep the hides for sheepskin or hide for other uses, shear and use the wool on the farm in different ways, including insulation and in gardens etc
I can not afford to sell it..
my.. let that sink in.. its a hard one for me.. but there it is