Attitudes change with time, and so it is with attempting to have ewes raise triplet lambs. I well remember seeing western sheep producers reduce sets of twins to a big single lamb. Finally, in the late 1940's, they started to run separate twin bands. If the truth were known, many would now wish that all their ewes dropped twins. The farmer in the East River Country, as distinguished from the West River Rancher, usually prefers twin births. Then the Finn, a much maligned breed of sheep that produced more triplets than singles, came on the scene. While milk replacer has been a godsend to the producer, our attitude now is "if a ewe can 'birth' three lambs, she should raise three lambs." My personal attitude is that she can if the producer will help her. Our problem is that not many of us know how or when or with what to help her.
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Jordan, R. M., "Profitable Triplet Lamb Production" (1991). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1991. 6.