Too few sheep producers properly manage sheep on pasture. Many merely stand back and let them "fill up" on parasites. Why do so few of us truly understand how to manage the pasture forage so as to optimize production. Producers must understand how to sustain stand viability over a period of years, to minimize weed invasion, to vary production up or down according to need, or how to extend the grazing period (Early On--Late Off) . If you think you can do all of those things in a single field, with a single forage species and with no input of tilth and forage management or no added soil nutrient from time to time, you can also win a $100 million lottery. The crux of pasturing sheep is to reduce production cost, not necessarily to magnify individual sheep performance. I know of no pasture program that will equal the performance of sheep fed corn and protein in drylot.
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Jordan, R. M., "Sheep Pastures - A Godsend or a Drag" (1991). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1991. 7.