There is an extreme amount of interest in the sheep business. Because of this not only are people in the business trying to expand their ewe numbers but there are also other prospective producers trying to get into the business, causing a severe shortage of breeding ewes of any kind.
The subject "Breeds of Ewes for the Western Cornbelt" might be approached from the point of view "beggars can't be choosers." At the moment about all producers can do is to make the best of the situation. This means that more ewe lambs that would normally go to market should be kept for use and some older ewes might be given another chance. Producers can, however, plan next year's production in such a way that there will be more ewe lambs available of the kind they prefer.
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Whiteman, Joe V., "Breeds for Ewes for the Western Cornbelt" (1979). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1979. 11.