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The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator for the Lamb Direct Marketer

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The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a national nonprofit that helps people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. In addition to being a livestock specialist for NCAT, Dave Scott runs his own flock of sheep in Montana.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a national nonprofit that helps people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. In addition to being a livestock specialist for NCAT, Dave Scott runs his own flock of sheep in Montana.

You’ve gone to great effort to raise a nice set of finished lambs and have them processed. Now what?

It’s great if you can sell them all as wholes or halves. But maybe you can’t. How do you go about pricing individual cuts for profit? What is the smallest lamb that you should have in your direct-market program? How do you price high-demand cuts to cover the lower pricing of lesser-demand cuts? In the maze of cuts and cut prices, what is your profit per lamb?

To answer those questions you need a “Cut-Yield” Calculator.

Enter the ATTRA Lambulator

The Lambulator has been designed with the small direct marketer in mind. It is easy to understand and use, even if you have no experience with Microsoft Excel. Just plug in your cut weights and prices and let it do the calculating for you. In an instant, it will calculate carcass yield percentages, individual and average net profit per lamb, and your overall gross and net profit. It will even allow you to try different pricing scenarios should your production or marketing costs change Get started with the Lambulator today!

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At the end of the year, the Lambulator totals everything up for you into a nice, neat package. Get started today. Just head over to the ATTRA website here, and click “Download Excel” to get the Lambulator. If you run into questions, you can reach me at 406-494-4572.

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About the author

Dave Scott is a Livestock Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Dave has 30 years experience with intensive grazing, including dairy and sheep. He has also served as a part-time consultant in management-intensive grazing, helping ranchers design and implement grazing systems that increased their stocking rates and net profits. Currently, Dave and his wife, Jenny, operate Montana Highland Lamb, a 200-ewe enterprise that markets over 50% of their grass-based natural lamb directly to the consumers in southwest Montana.

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