A.S. Series 79-9
Targhee ewes procured in the range area of western South Dakota were utilizaed to study the productivity of western aged ewes managed under farm flock conditions. Lamb crops were produced from these ewes lambing at 7, 8 and 9 years of age. An average of 90.4% of ewes exposed lambed with an average drop of 1.79 lambs per ewe lambing. Data from this study indicate that "sound" aged ewes obtained from range areas can be utilized for additional years of production under farm flock conditions. Furthermore, production levels (percent lambing and lambs per ewe lambing) may equal or exceed that for younger ewews of comparable breeding and management.
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Slyter, A. L., "Lambing Performance of Aged Targhee Ewes" (1979). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1979. 1.