Dual Purpose Sheep Breeds Can Increase Profits

By Dr. Elizabeth Ferraro

There is a growing trend today away from the very large sheep ranches toward an increasing number of small independent sheep farms. These farms are increasing in number in the central and eastern sections of the U.S. The small farmer with 100 acres or less is interested in meeting the niche market demands of a diverse sheep market. These demands extend from ethnic lamb and mutton all the way to the production of high quality hand spinner fleece.

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