Department of Animal Husbandry
Certain sections of South Dakota, known as the range, where live stock is produced the cheapest, furnish a large per cent of the lambs for the feeding yards of this and the adjoining states. On account of the small amount of rainfall, the native grasses in this section cure while standing on the ground and furnish a very palatable and nutritious feed for stock. The lambs are purchased in the fall when from five to seven months old, pastured on rape or good pasture grasses until cold weather, then put into the feed yard and grained during the winter months for the early spring market. For the past several years the Chicago market at this time has been good for lambs of this quality, in many cases fetching as much and sometimes more per hundred than the hjgh-bred natives. It has been a very profitable business as the growth of the lambs is rapid and the selling price has been from 75 to 100 percent more than the purchase price.
lambs, sheep, feeding lambs, fattening lambs, speltz, macaroni wheat bread
South Dakota Agricultural College Experiment Station
Wilson, J.W. and Skinner, H.G., "Fattening Range Lambs" (1904). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 86.