In the sheep enterprise, lamb sales account for more than 90 percent of gross revenue. Most analyses indicate profitable sheep production is dependent on market prices, pounds of lamb weaned or sold per ewe exposed and the unit cost of production. Producers have little control annually over selling price for their lambs, but they do control production efficiency. Ewe productivity and ewe/lamb feed cost containment are important parameters for all types of flock management systems whether a feeder lamb or finished lamb production emphasis. It is important to excel in each area independent of the type of operation . The feeder lamb operation success is directly linked to economic efficiency in producing pounds of weaned lamb per unit ewe cost. This is also true for the lamb to finish operation but in addition the practice of finishing lambs should be considered an independent enterprise. The economic efficiencies in lamb finishing are measured by the cost to produce a pound of body weight. Essentially producers should evaluate production efficiencies of the ewe and lamb independently and on a flock basis to evaluate these profit centers.
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Held, Jeff, "Lamb Growth Efficiency and Optimum Finished Weight" (1999). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1999. 7.