Sheep Farming in the US: Market Research Report

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Sheep Farming Market Research Report | NAICS 11241 | Aug 2013

Black sheep: Growth will remain stagnant as demand for lamb products falls and global competition rises

IBISWorld’s Sheep Farming market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 08-13
Annual Growth 13-18
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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While the growing ethnic demographic will boost demand for lamb, the industry will remain fairly stagnant over the next five years. Domestic operators will likely benefit from the depreciated US dollar, but even this factor will not create significant growth. Wool production and revenue will diminish over the five years to 2016, further diminishing industry demand. Additionally, the threat of disease will impede sheep farmers, despite an opportunity for profits to grow... purchase to read more

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Sheep are raised for two products: meat (lamb or mutton) and wool. Product segments normally overlap because about three-fourths of all sheep and lambs are used to produce several coats of wool before being slaughtered for meat production. Wool revenue has declined in the face of the competition from Australia and New Zealand, so US sheep farmers have largely turned their attention to lamb and mutton production. The US market for lamb and mutton has also weakened throughout the decades, with consumption dropping from nearly 5 pounds per capita in 1960s to about 1 pound today. This deterioration is mainly due to the declining acceptance of lamb from a growing segment of the population, as well as competition from other meats like beef and pork... 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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