A.S. Series 79-17
The effects of sex (ram vs wether) and management system on market returns were investigated utilizing 256 February-March born lambs produced at the Antelope Range Field Station, Buffalo, South Dakota. Lambs weaned in early June and finished on a high concentrate ration made superior gains to either lambs weaned a month later or lambs left on native range with their dams. Early weaned-drylot finished ram lambs were heavier when marketed and grossed more total dollars per head than any of the other management-sex combinations, although they brought less per pound than early weaned-drylot finished wethers. Market alternatives that avoid such differential in favor of the intact group. In general, short-fed lambs did not return enough additional dollars to offset feed cost. Discounts on ram lambs compared to wether tended to be higher in the short-fed and all pasture system.
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Slyter, A. L., "Effect of Management System on Lamb Return" (1979). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1979. 9.