South Dakota has a wide range of environmental conditions suitable for sheep production. These conditions determine many of the management practices utilized. Two very common systems are the farm flock similar to the Sheep Unit at Brookings and the range flock similar to the Antelope Range Station at Buffalo. The importance of increased lambing percentage and increased pounds of lamb weaned is very apparent. Crossbreeding with the Finnsheep breed known for multiple birth and the Suffolk breed known for growth is one alternative. A lifetime productivity study has been initiated to document the response of these crossbreds to the two management systems. The production reported in this paper is for lambing in 1980, 1981 and 1982.
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Busch, W. J. and Slyter, A. L., "The Effect of Management System and Breed of Ewe on Lamb Production" (1983). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1983. 7.