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ANSC Day 7 - ANSC Day 7 Sheep Production Types of sheep...

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ANSC Day 7 Sheep Production Types of sheep operations - Range Flocks (~80% of total) o Mountain States (Wyoming, Montana, Etc.) o Lots of sheep grazing vast expanses of open range Thousands of head per flock Thousands of acres o Nutrition less than optimum Ewes produce less milk Lambs usually too small to slaughter at fall weaning “Background” lambs on crop residue or send to feedlot o Mobile caretaker with wagon and herding dog o Danger: Predation by coyotes, cougars, etc. Gregarious breeds (flocking instinct) o Emergency Shelters for harsh weather (caretaker) o Move to different ranges throughout year o Winter Headquarters Lower Elevation, Milder Winter Shelter, feed, water Electricity Lambing: Heat Lamps Process Lambs: tag, dock tail Shear adults o Spring Range As snow melts move sheep up onto mountain pastures Gets them off of the meadows on valley floor for hay to grow/harvest Graze lush grass Natural protection in trees
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