Department of Animal Husbandry
The livestock industry has been and is a prominent factor in solving the problem of retaining and improving the fertility of the soil. It has been demonstrated that raising crops year after year on the same land and selling them in their natural form, without the use of animals to produce manure, materially impairs the producing capacity of the soil. Commercial fertilizers are used extensively farther east, which render the cost of production comparatively expensive. Roberts, of the New York Experiment Station, found that sheep manure was worth more per ton as a fertilizer than that made by any other animal. To sheep belongs part of this credit as economical producers, requiring less than the average number of pounds of feed for the production of a pound of gain. In former years many of the sheep raised in South Dakota were shipped to eastern feed lots and fitted for market on rape pasture and a small allowance of grain. After careful inquiry it is learned that these feeders figure on a profit of not less than one dollar per head. This profit is obtained by the increase in value of the original weight and gain put on during the short feeding period while on rape pasture.
lamb feeding, feeding sheep, fattening lambs, livestock
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Wilson, J.W., "Fattening Lambs" (1910). Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins. 119.