Best Practices to Increase Your Lamb Crop
Reid Redden, Ph.D.
Sheep and Goat Specialist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Date: August 30, 2016
The American sheep industry produces a 110 percent lamb crop annually. This level of production provides less than half of the American demand for lamb. Because the majority of revenue from sheep operations are based on the sale of lamb, an increase in lamb crop should improve the profitability of individual sheep producers and the industry as a whole. However, improvements in flock lamb crop is a challenging goal to accomplish and producers must implement numerous best management practices to attain higher lamb crops. To assist the industry make improvements in national lamb crop, a reproductive efficiency task force has develop a factsheet that outlines 12 best management practices to increase flock lamb crop. American sheep farmers and ranchers are all unique and require different types of management based on resources, environment, labor, and other factors. However, most all sheep operations in the US should be able to implement a few of the 12 recommended best management practices and attain a higher lamb crop in the future.