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Selecting Rams for Rangeland Production

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Editors Note: This article was written by Sandra Avant and was published in the August 2013 issue of
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

3 Comments

  1. Frank Egan says:

    G’day, testing a range land system in a feedlot environment is surely going to “distort” the results?Survive ability without farmer interference in a range land situation is surely the most important trait to aim for,heavier born lambs tend to take a longer labor and increase the risk of “exhaustion” in both the lamb and the ewe.The lamb that may be slightly smaller is born quicker and tends to “rise ” much faster for the important first drink.In a range land production system a ewe that is not “exhausted” from the birthing process is more likely to “defend ” it’s young from both animal and bird predators in those crucial first hours.Frank.

  2. Dave Scott says:

    Very informative article, Kathy. Thanks!
    Dave

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