Title

Flusing ewes improves the number of offspring in a commercial range management operation

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents

Volume

5

Issue

2

Publication Date

12-2012

Abstract

We examined the effect of flushing ewes (feeding extra protein and energy just prior to breeding to increase ovulation) on a rangeland operation near Lyman, WY. Rambouillet, Rambouillet x Finn, and commercial wool sheep were supplemented in two studies. In study one, ewes and rams were fed 1.11 lbs/day of supplement in an open-range setting for 35 days, beginning a week before breeding. Lambing rate was determined at docking. In study two, a pen study, ewes were fed grass hay and supplement at the same rate as range ewes. Lambing rate was determined at birth. Supplementation can increase lambing rate and profits.