Seasonality of the US Lamb Industry
Reid Redden, PhD
Sheep and Goat Specialist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Dr. Jay Parsons, Department of Agricultural Economics
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
In the US, most lambs are born during the first five months of the year. Yet, commercial lamb harvest remains somewhat constant throughout the year. As a result, there are periods when the supply of lamb is inconsistent. Inconsistent supply creates industry issues: market price volatility, supply of market ready lambs, and irregular supply of carcass size and/or quality. The primary goal of this presentation is to provide information on the current situation of seasonality of lamb supply so that members of the industry can make informed decisions. This will include: (a) factors that affect seasonal supply of US and imported lamb; (b) demand for lamb by season for both traditional and nontraditional markets; (c) factors that influence seasonal supply of lamb from the farm/ranch gate; (d) opportunities to alter the seasonal supply of US lamb; and, (e) case studies of producers who have shifted their season of production to meet a shortage of lamb.
The industry white paper “Seasonality of the US Lamb Industry” is available at the United States Lamb Resource Center. Click here.