Seasonality of lamb production continues to be a major problem for the sheep industry. The recent marked drop in live lamb price resulted from a shift of west coast lambs going to market as new crop spring lambs started through the market channels. Spreading the production and marketing curve should smooth out wide price fluctuations and stabilize the economics of the entire lamb meat industry. Fall lambing in combination with spring lambing would provide a more continuous lamb supply for market, slaughter, and consumption, thus stabilizing prices and ensuring a better supply of new crop fresh American lamb at the retail counter. This study was initiated to evaluate the productivity of ewes lambing in the fall versus ewes lambing in the spring on a once per year lambing interval.
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Slyter, A. L.; Read, Bruce; and Swan, Ron, "A comparison of fall lambing vs. spring lambing performance of purebred and crossbred ewes" (1993). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1993. 3.