The Meatmaster sheep is a breed of domestic sheep from South Africa. It was developed from various hair sheep breeds in the early 1990s.
It was created with the goat of improving the meat characteristics of African fat-tailed sheep breeds. Hardiness and suitability for desert life are were the main advantageous characteristics of the fat-tailed sheep.
But those animals were slow to mature, and had a poor distribution of fat and lacked the muscling of the hind quarters of the European sheep breeds.
The Meatmaster sheep breed increased the amount of muscle and had a better distribution of fat.
But it retained the hair (rather than wool) coat and other desirable traits such as a good flocking instinct and resistance to tick-borne diseases. When the Meatmaster sheep developed and tested, it’s demand was established.
The breed register was set up around the year 2000, and it was registered in 2007 and a breed society was set up the following year.
Today, Meatmaster bloodlines may be a composite of any number of breeds, such as Van Rooy or South African Meat Merino, but must contain Damara breeding. Read some more information about this breed below.
Meatmaster Sheep Characteristics
The Meatmaster sheep are medium sized animal with various wool color. They can be either horned or polled. They are fat-tailed, meaning they lack wool which requires shearing.
Average live body weight of the mature ewes is between 60 and 70 kg. And the mature ram’s body weight vary from 85 to 105 kg. Photo and info from Wikipedia.
The Meatmaster sheep are meat sheep breed. They are raised mainly for meat production.
The Meatmaster sheep are very hardy animals. The focus in breeding is mostly on meat production. The ewes have very good mothering instincts.
Along with the availability in it’s native area, these animals have also been exported to Australia, Canada and Namibia.
And they are now mainly found in all nine provinces of South Africa and they are especially valued in the northern bush veld areas. Review full breed profile of the Meatmaster sheep in the following chart.
|Breed Purpose||Mainly meat|
|Special Notes||Very active animals, well adapted to native climate, the ewes have very good mothering instincts, highly valued for meat production|
|Breed Size||Medium to large|
|Weight||Rams weight vary between 85 and 105 kg, and the mature ewe’s weight vary from 60 to 70 kg|
|Horns||Yes or polled|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Country/Place of Origin||South Africa|
Frequently Asked Questions
People ask many questions about Meatmaster sheep. Here we are listing the most common questions about this beautiful sheep breed, and trying to answer them. Hope you will find your answer. Don’t hesitate to ask us if you have more questions.
Is Meatmaster sheep farming profitable?
Yes, commercial production of these sheep is a profitable business. It’s very easy to start, and you can start this business even if you are a beginner.
How to start Meatmaster sheep farming business?
Starting commercial production of Meatmaster sheep is very easy and simple. You can start this business easily even if you are a beginner. Follow the steps mentioned below for staring your business:
- First of all, make an effective business plan and work according to the plan.
- Then select a very good location for your farm.
- Select the right breeder or suppliers for purchasing your animals.
- Make a very good house for your animals with all required facilities.
- Purchase good quality and healthy animals.
- Feed your sheep with good quality and nutritious food, and always provide them with adequate clean drinking water.
- Provide them with required vaccinations and medicines.
- And always try to take good care of your animals.
What cross is a Meatmaster sheep?
The Meatmaster is actually an indigenous sheep crossed with another sheep breed (the most common cross is with a Dorper). But many of the first Meatmasters were crossed with the breeds such as the Ile de France or the Van Rooy.
What is the Meatmaster sheep used for?
As the name suggests, the Meatmaster is meat sheep breed and raised mainly for meat production purpose. It offers farmers an alternative with unique characteristics to meet the needs of a huge market in South Africa and around the world.
How do you identify a Meatmaster sheep?
Identifying a Meatmaster is relatively easy and simple. It is a fat-tailed breed which come in a diverse array of colors, and may be either horned or polled.
What are the characteristics of Meatmaster sheep?
The Meatmaster is a fat-tailed breed which come in a diverse array of colors, and may be either horned or polled. They are medium sized animal with various wool color. They can be either horned or polled. Average live body weight of the mature ewes is between 60 and 70 kg. And the mature ram’s body weight vary from 85 to 105 kg.