Sheep Farming in the US: Market Research Report

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Sheep Farming Market Research Report | NAICS 11241 | Oct 2015

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

The Sheep Farming market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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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 been steadily shrinking. In addition to meek demand for industry meat products, domestic wool production has declined in the past five years as textile producers increasingly chose synthetic fibers over wool. In the coming years, sheep farmers are anticipated to continue struggling from low demand for lamb, mutton and wool products. While sheep farmers have the potential to grow in niche markets, including immigrant populations in the United States and local food movements, overall demand for industry meat products is expected to continue declining... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

As noted elsewhere, the US Sheep Farming industry consists of many small farms. Collectively, the industry's largest two players generate less than 5.0% of total industry revenue, and no single producer accounts for a significant proportion of the total sheep and lamb inventory. According to the US Census Bureau, of the roughly 3,000 corporate sheep farms operating in the United States, nearly all of them are family-owned with 10 or fewer stockholders. By and large, the remaining sheep farms are individually owned and operated for supplemental retirement income, on a hobby or part-time basis, or as a side business to other farming activities... 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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