Oh thats a great perspective. Thank you!Depends on what you do with them and your local market.
All of mine are 3× & 4× (wtf yes, 4×) registered. I offer unregistered for less, but most get registered at buyer's request, even though most are pets. And only 2 registrations are included in price, more for 3rd or 4th registered.
I haven't found any meat buyers & won't pollute the market with cheap sheep at auctions being reused as breeders, so they're dog food if not sold at my pricing. Yes, I'd sell at current market value for meat buyers, but they'd need to show proof of meat use for the refund.
If you'll only breed for personal meat, then you don't need to register.
If you think you will sell later, buy registered brood stock and only register when buyers want that.
If you'll show them, many require registered sheep, but not all.
Why is the breed you want not popular? It could be something as simple as health and parasite resistance for your area. Check it out before focusing on that breed. Like @Baymule says if it is not popular it may be hard for you to sell offspring.But this particular breed is not super popular in my area, so I've been struggling on whether to go for the purchase of the unregistered, vs waiting for registered and having a greater market to sell in.....