In general, a sheep in its first year is called a lamb, and its meat is also called lamb.
The meat of a juvenile sheep older than one year is hogget; outside the United States this is also a term for the living animal.
The meat of an adult sheep is mutton, a term only used for the meat, not the living animals.
What is goat meat called?
Goat meat or goat’s meat is the meat of the domestic goat (Capra aegagrus hircus). Goat meat from adults is often called chevon and cabrito, capretto, or kid when it is from young animals.
What does mutton taste like?
Mutton is meat from a sheep that is older than 1 year, ideally 3 years old. It is an intense red color and contains a considerable amount of fat. Its flavor is very strong, and you might have to acquire the taste before being able to enjoy a meal of mutton if you’re an American.
What age are sheep killed for meat?
Age of animals slaughtered
|Typical Slaughter Age||Natural Life Span|
|Turkeys||4-5 months||Up to 15 years*|
|Pigs||5-6 months||10-12 years|
|Lambs||6-8 months||12-14 years|
|“Beef” cattle||18 months||15-20 years|
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What is the difference between goat and sheep?
A main difference between the two is how they forage. Sheep are grazers; they ramble slowly eating short plants close to the ground. Goats are browsers; they look for leaves, twigs, vines, and shrubs. And their agility allows them to attain charming positions in pursuit of their forage, as the goat kids display below.