Selecting Rams for Rangeland Production

Editors Note: This article was written by Sandra Avant and was published in the August 2013 issue of Agricultural Research magazine. C

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3 thoughts on “Selecting Rams for Rangeland Production

  1. 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.

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