Economic pressure continues to stress the importance of efficient production systems in order to be profitable. Crossbreeding with Finnsheep, noted for multiple births, provides the potential to increase lambing rates of domestic breeds. However, little data are available comparing the total productivity of such a system under conditions typical of South Dakota's sheep industry. This study was initiated to compare lifetime productivity of Targhee, Finn x Targhee and SUffolk x Targhee ewes under management systems typical to a farm flock (semi-confinement) versus a range operation. This report covers lambing results for the 1979 amd 1980 lambing seasons.
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Slyter, A. L., "The Effect of Management System and Breed of Ewe on Lambing Performance" (1981). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1981. 4.