Gorilla Channel Executive Producer
What kind of base return do you get on sheep? A quick search shows the prices are generally low - generic lambs are around $100 and young cisgender female shep are like $200. That is not a lot of money. If your overhead is low and volume high, it's probably not gonna lose you money, but if you have to feed the things from the day they're born, with no pasture to graze on, I can't believe there's any margin left.
The internet says a grown (biological) female shep eats about 5 pounds of hay per day. Hay is cheap, my breakdown gives a rough cost of ~5 cents per pound (working from ~$100 per ton, the actual average is about ~120 so this is conservative). Still, by the time you feed a sheep for a year, you've spent close to $100 and that's just on hay. I would imagine sheep need shots and medicine, water (how do they water all these animals?), and more significantly, labor - also known as "time is money".
Based on this, it would seem there's virtually no return here at the lowest level (wholesaling the animals themselves). You could sell the lambs as soon as possible, so that you didn't incur feeding costs, but even then 1 lamb would only about pay for the hay that 1 sheep eats in a year. Retail lamb cuts are expensive, but that involves a lot of butchery ($$$ or time) and retailing the meat yourself in a short window. Wholesaling the meat isn't gonna get you $10/lb, and you'll still need those connections to do it.
Anyways, just some autism here, I'm always interested in the economics of various ventures. Personally I would never spend all day fucking with sheep to make a couple bucks, considering you can make $200 a day at a fairly standard job without the responsibility of having a herd of filthy animals.
When raised in places that aren't THE GODDAMN FUCKING DESERT you've further reduced to a moon-like dustbowl, the hay is free or nearly free. The only reason you'd raise sheep in a place where you have to pay for every fucking calorie like a fucking moron would be utility - you either raise them as food (so you don't make money, but you eat lamb without spending on lamb - you reduce your costs. Sheep raise & butcher quicker than cows) or utility (raise them to be shornfor wool).
My guess is they hope to use the Alpaca wool channels to pedal custom tranny wool.