Sheep for meat per acre per 100ml of rain
Our aim is to move our family from the city rat race to the country.
I know there are many variables involved such as breed, soil, weeds, not to mention the price of meat but would appreciate a ballpark figure to see if our dream is even close to a reality.
I have read a bit about hectares needed for sheep per 100mm of rainfall.
If we are looking at buying a property in an area with average rainfall of 600mm per annum;
1. In your experience how many sheep (counting ewes only I suppose) could we sustain on 50 hectares of average land assuming the 600m per annum average rainfall? I know this comes down to how much feed can be obtained from the land but just looking for an average figure to start further research and guidance with.
2. Can 1 ram service 100 sheep? What is the recommended limit or average ewes per ram?
Lastly I suppose I am trying to get a rough ballpark figure on gross profit (I know I am excluding all capital and variable costs to see if it is even profitable).
Through my research as a beginner I have estimated that a lamb at 5 months of age might weigh 40kg with a carcass weight of 19kg (depending on breed).
On current market trends can I assume that 19kg is about $65 approx but then do I add on the skin which might be $4 to $5 per lamb?
So I have worked it down to a current market rate of $70 as an approx figure per lamb.
But how much is the sales agent/stock yard/ Meat Assoc costs per lamb?
3. Basically what income figure per lamb should I be using as a ballpark figure to start calculating against my costs to see if my land size is even viable for a small farm?
Can someone check or correct my figures?
I really appreciate any help from those who take the time to answer. Thank you in advance and best wishes to all.