Flusing ewes improves the number of offspring in a commercial range management operation
Journal of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents
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.
Burritt, Elizabeth A.; McNeal, L.; Miller, R.; and Villar, F., "Flusing ewes improves the number of offspring in a commercial range management operation" (2012). Wildland Resources Faculty Publications. Paper 1554.