DR. SCOTT P. GREINER
For a variety of reasons, interest among sheep producers to have fall-born lambs is on the rise. Fall-born lambs typically are well-suited to take advantage of strong early-spring market prices. Additionally, there is strong demand for fall-born lambs to meet the needs of youth which have spring market lamb shows. Favorable weather and forage production associated with fall lambing compliment these marketing opportunities. However, with sheep being very seasonal in their reproduction, fall-lambing is limited by the ability to get ewes pregnant in the spring. There are several options producers have to enhance the opportunity for spring breeding to be successful.