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Spring lambing boosts profits for MO sheep farms

Spring lambing boosts profits for MO sheep farms


By Blake Jackson

University of Missouri Extension offers a new resource for sheep producers highlighting the advantages of spring lambing.

"Spring lambing often trumps fall and winter lambing in profitability," says David Brown, MU Extension's small ruminant specialist. Lush spring pastures reduce reliance on expensive feeds, and ewes naturally conceive more readily during this season.

Spring lambing typically occurs between March and May. Lambs weaned in late summer can remain on pasture with their mothers until reaching market weight. Brown emphasizes research showing lambs left with their mothers through August gain more weight daily compared to those weaned earlier.

Success in spring lambing hinges on several factors. "A strong internal parasite control program is crucial," says Brown. Additionally, predator control, strategic grazing practices, and effective marketing strategies are key to maximizing profits.

Brown acknowledges that lamb prices dip in late summer, urging producers to explore alternative markets for better pricing. New producers seeking feeder lambs might also present an opportunity.

Ultimately, the ideal lambing season depends on individual farms and goals. Brown advises producers to carefully consider their production systems and target markets when making this decision.

Spring Lamb Management Tips is available online at https://extension.missouri.edu/publications/g2612

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