A.S. Series 77-6
Traditionally, range lambs are sold in late summer and early fall. The heavy lambs go as slaughter lambs, providing they carry sufficient finish, and the lighter lambs go as feeders. Weaning these lambs at a younger age and finishing them under alternative systems would allow more efficient feed/gain ratios, result in a higher percent being of market weight and condition and decrease grazing pressure. Decreasing losses to predators under range situations may also become of prime consideration when choosing the optimum system. Although intact male lambs grow faster and have trimmer carcasses than wethers, it is not normally advisable to leave them uncastrated in range operations since they may lack sufficient finish to grade.
A study was initiated at the Antelope Range Field Station in 1974 to study market acceptance and carcass quality of intact males produced under various management systems.
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Slyter, A. L. and Trevillyan, W. R., "Finishing Systems for Range Lamb Production" (1977). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1977. 4.