Susan Monroe wrote:The meat from older sheep is called mutton, and is less desirable then lamb due to its stronger flavor.All my old girlfriends claim mutton is ok if ya cook it long enough!!!
I think you're out of luck for multi-purpose rabbits. The most desirable rabbit for fiber is the Angora. And you don't have to kill them to get it.
I suspect that comparing rabbit fiber to sheep fiber is like comparing apples to coconuts. You would have to consider their requirements, benefits, costs, and negative aspects, as well as the likely price you would get for their fiber.
Rabbits are quiet, small, and need some particular housing. If stressed, they will kill their young. Angoras need to be handled when young so they can be handled when older, to harvest the fiber, and this can't be blown off just because a person doesn't have the time.
Sheep can do really stupid things, and you would need to find out what kinds of sheep produce the most valuable wool, if that's your main concern. Lower-priced wool may not be worth the effort and cost of shearing, cleaning, carding and packaging.
Don't overlook goats. The goats that produce cashmere may be very lucrative. Goats are smart and have minds of their own, they may eat poisonous plants, and they need very good fencing (electric mesh) to keep them confined.
And when you decide which animal you want, you'll have to educate yourself to recognize a good animal of the type.
Any way you go, I would start with just a couple of them, and see how it goes. Some people can't deal with sheep, saying they're brainless and stupid. Discovering that you are one of them is not good if it happens after you buy twenty of them.
And if you have animals, it's probably a given that you will never take another vacation.
Emil Spoerri wrote:after labor is factored, sheep are much more productive Big call!!!
cashmere and angora is rather i don't know... for those who can afford it
not exactly fiber but... some meat rabbits have excellent and valuable pelts!
Dianne Fitzmaurice wrote:Angora goats are the most prolific fiber producers of all fiber animals. They average yield is 15 lbs of mohair annually. The kid in 2018 - 2020 sells for $10 up an oz. If it is long it doubles so have seen it for $20 per oz for a 13 " hank of ra
w combed locks for doll hair. Between sheep goats and angora rabbits and camelids (alpacas and llamas ) the angora goats are the most hardy and easiest to raise. With sheep it depends on the breed. Angora rabbits are wonderful but you have to be on top of it as it is the most labour intensive of all fiber animals but also the finest of the fibers. Angora from rabbits has incredible thermal properties (hollow fiber ) which distinguishes it from insulating fibers and makes it 8x warmer than wool . So incredible that it can alleviate pain .
Steve Nicolini wrote:I wonder what rabbit breed would be good for fiber AND meat... New Zealand Whites maybe?