Reproduction and Genetics

Information on sheep breeding, including determining the most efficient ewe size, preparing for breeding season, improving newborn lamb survival and accelerated lamb production. Tips on reviewing sheep records and maximizing your lambing rate.

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Successful sheep production in SW PA often takes advantage of pasture resources.
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Sheep Selection Tools
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Sheep Selection Tools

Melanie Barkley

Numerous tools are available for selection. The key is to combine operation goals with production benchmarks and visual appraisal to select the best sheep. More
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Off-Season and Accelerated Lamb Production

Lynn Kime, Melanie Barkley, David Hartman, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Sheep are ideally suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations in Pennsylvania due to their adaptability and nutritional versatility. More
Rams should be examined prior to breeding season to insure there are no lost opportunities due to poor performance.
Did You Prepare for Breeding Season? - Articles Articles
Good shepherds should be focused on good management practices, high performance sheep and meeting the needs of customers. More
Sheep come in many different sizes and should be selected to match the resources on your farm.
Determining the Most Efficient Ewe Size for Your Operation - Articles Articles
Big ones, little ones, fat ones, skinny ones; ewes come in all sizes and shapes. But, which is the most efficient ewe size for your operation? More
Sheep selection should start with performance and then a visual evaluation.
I Pick That One! Sheep Selection Tools - Articles Articles
Sheep selection should involve more than just visual selection characteristics. More
Paying close attention to details will help to improve newborn lamb survival.
Improving Newborn Lamb Survival - Articles Articles
Livestock market prices are very good right now and I can’t think of a better time to be more concerned about newborn lamb survival. More
Lambing records should be reviewed as a means to make selection and culling decisions.
Have You Reviewed Your Sheep Records Lately? - Articles Articles
Record keeping is certainly not one of my favorite tasks related to raising sheep, but it certainly is necessary. More
Singles, Twins, and Triplets: You Are a Factor in Your Lambing Rate
Singles, Twins, and Triplets: You Are a Factor in Your Lambing Rate - Articles Articles
Your management over your sheep flock does impact the number of lambs your ewe produces each season. What can you do to ensure your ewes lamb twins this breeding season? More