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Sheep Production Major US Sheep Breeds Wool Production o Fine wool for high quality fabrics and garments o Long wool for heavy clothing and upholstery and rugs Meat production Dual purpose breeds Specific purposes o Karakul- supplies pelts for clothing US Sheep Production Two types of management systems o Range flocks Summer in high country and winter in desert area o Farm flocks Less than 100 head per farm o Ewes remain in dry lot year round Sheep Breeding System Sheep breeds are generally classified as ewe breeds and ram breeds Ewe breeds o Generally white faced with fine wool o Noted for reproductive efficiency, wool production, size, milking ability, and longevity Ram breeds o Meat type and selected on Growth rate, efficiency of gain, and carcass quality Dual purpose breeds Sheep breeding Seasonal breeders Based on photo period o Dependent on light, temperature, and relative humidity Results in uneven supply of lambs
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