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Sheep Farming in the US: Market Research Report

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Sheep Farming Market Research Report | NAICS 11241 | Aug 2016

Black sheep: Sheep farmers will struggle from low demand for lamb and wool products

IBISWorld’s Sheep Farming market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Sheep Farming industry has been in decline for the past decade, as per capita consumption of lamb and mutton has steadily shrunk. . In addition to mild demand for industry meat products, domestic wool production has declined in the past five years as textile producers increasingly chose synthetic fibers over wool. As a result, industry revenue is anticipated to decrease over the five years to 2016. Over the next five years, sheep farmers are anticipated to continue struggling from low demand for lamb, mutton and wool products.

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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

Compared with the rest of the animal farming sector, the Sheep Farming industry requires a medium level of capital intensity. Data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture (latest data available) indicates the average cost of industry land and buildings to be about 30.0% lower than for the average of all animal production industries. Likewise, machinery and equipment costs are substantially lower for sheep farmers.

Labor represents a substantial cost for sheep farmers, further decreasing the industry's capital intensity; sheep are extremely labor intensive at lambing time, when ewes need to be checked up to five times daily for problems during labor... purchase to read more


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What is the Sheep Farming Industry?

Sheep farmers primarily raise or fatten sheep and lambs for their wool, meat, milk or sale to other farmers. Meat derived from these animals is separated into two categories: lamb and mutton. Lamb is used to define meat from sheep less than one year old, while mutton refers to meat from sheep more than one year old.

Industry Products
Breeding ewesMarket lambs and sheepReplacement lambsBreeding rams
Industry Activities
Sheep farming (e.g. for meat, milk and wool production or herd replacements)Lamb feedlots (except stockyards for transportation)

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