The ability of ewe lambs to produce a lamb crop at 12 months of age can improve the economic outcome for sheep production. In addition to environmental factors, breed differences in ewe lamb fertility exist. The Targhee is a typical ewe breed popular in range lambing systems. The Suffolk is a popular meat-type breed used in many farm flock system. The Finnsheep is a breed known for multiple births and early maturity. Typically, fertility is improved by crossbreeding. The two most meaningful measures of ewe flock productivity are pounds of wool produced and pounds of lamb weaned per ewe exposed. This study evaluated the ewe lamb production of three breed group of ewes.
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Busch, W. J. and Slyter, A. L., "Effects of Breed of Ewe and Management System on the Production of Lamb and Wool" (1985). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1985. 6.