ANSC day 9 - Sheep Types of Operations Lamb"stockering o...

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Sheep Types of Operations - Lamb “stockering” o Some are stockered on field crop residues (Corn stover, sugar beet tops, etc…) o Cheap roughage, cheap gain o Finished in lamb feedlot - Commercial Feeder lamb operation o Buy 70-80lb lambs coming off ranges in the fall o Feed lambs to gain .5 to .8lbs per day Summer pasture + grain o Add 20 to 40lbs over 40-60 days o Health concerns Change from grass to grain diet = major concern Enterotoxemia (Over-eating disease”) Parasites o Finish weight is 120-140 lbs o Often shear short wool coat for added profit o Sell lambs to a packing plant - Lamb Processing Plant o Seasonal specialized processing o Example: Monfort of Colorado Costs and Returns Expense Items $$/Ewe Feed 46.94 Labor 30.00 Vet and supplies 8.37 interest 5.41 fixed 21.87 Total 112.59 Income $$/ewe Lamb 104.68 Cull ewe 18.68 Wool 8.50 Total 131.86 131.86- 112.59 = $19.27 profit per head
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Seep Performance traits Trait Value Age at puberty----------------------6 or 10 mo. Lambing interval
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