SHEEP AND LAMB OUTLOOK

ALAINA MOUSEL

Area sheep producers are knocking at the door of garnering $2 per pound for finished lambs. According to USDA’s Weekly National Lamb Market Summary on March 18, shorn South Dakota lambs weighing 130 pounds (lbs.) traded at $195 per hundredweight (cwt.), while their wooled counterparts weighing between 140-170 lbs. traded $177-$199/cwt.

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FEEDER KID MANAGEMENT: BUYING LOW AND SELLING HIGH

TERRY K. HUTCHENS

More producers are generating extra income through slaughter kid programs. Many producers purchasing goats by the head, feed them for 60 to 90 days and sell by the pound. Suffice it to say, it would be an ideal world if all these kids were purchased off farms, but in the real world you will find the type of goat that can, “make money” is often what you find at a stockyard. These goats are lightweight, weighing 30 to 35 lbs; thin; just weaned; incredibly stressed; and are subject to any number of disease problems.

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