CONTROLLING SHEEP PRODUCTION COSTS

BY GENE SCHRIEFER

As a youth in New Jersey, I recall summers when we would purchase two feeder lambs in June and grazed them through the summer, putting them in the freezer in the fall. This was my first direct experience with sheep. The idea for sheep and grazing as a viable ag enterprise for me began with a graduate course in farm management. I had the opportunity to run a series of 5year farm computer simulation models, trying different combinations of farm enterprises. My initial plan was to have a beef herd with a few sheep, each time I increased forage production, profit increased, every time I added sheep over beef cows, profit increased. I knew some point in my life I’d have to try this out and see if it worked.

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