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ASC-243
Managing Dry, Open Ewes
7/25/2019 (new)

 UK Authors: Debra Aaron, Don Ely
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences
 Series: Animal Science (ASC series)
 Tags: livestock, sheep

Ewes on vacation should remain healthy, but not become obese. Keeping them in a BCS of 1.5 to 2.0 will not be an easy chore because all they have to do is graze and deposit body fat. Limiting forage dry matter consumption to 2.0% of body weight daily through stocking rate management and rotational grazing is the best way to keep ewes from becoming excessively fat. If ewes have an optimum BCS at the beginning of nutritional flushing, and are flushed correctly, 95 to 98% of the ewes will conceive in a short period of the breeding season and lambing rate can be increased by 15 to 20% above that of less intensely managed ewes.

550 printed copies | 2 pages | 1,763 words | - | PDF: 749 kb



ASC-238
Beginning a Sheep Operation
12/7/2018 (new)

 UK Authors: Debra Aaron, Don Ely
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences
 Series: Animal Science (ASC series)
 Tags: livestock, sheep

Kentucky has the resources required for successful sheep production systems. The state has a vast forage production potential, under-utilized labor and facilities, and access to a well-established market. Many Kentucky farmers should consider the sheep enterprise and its benefits, particularly if they want to make more efficient use of their forages, labor, and facilities. In developing this enterprise, the following must be considered: feed supply, labor, facilities and equipment, foundation stock, and the production system.

50 printed copies | 6 pages | 2,595 words | 19 downloads | PDF: 675 kb



ASC-237
Breeding Habits of the Ewe
12/7/2018 (new)

 UK Authors: Debra Aaron, Don Ely
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences
 Series: Animal Science (ASC series)
 Tags: livestock, sheep

Reproduction is the beginning of a series of significant events involved in the production of lambs for market. Obviously, the higher the reproduction rate in ewes, the greater the chances of achieving maximum profit. A knowledge of the mating (breeding) habits of the ewe can improve the chances for higher reproductive rates, marketing more pounds of lamb per ewe, increasing the efficiency of labor use, and ultimately increasing the chances of greater profit.

50 printed copies | 3 pages | 1,775 words | - | PDF: 700 kb



ASC-228
Body Condition Scoring Ewes
8/25/2017 (new)

 UK Authors: Debra Aaron, Don Ely
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences
 Series: Animal Science (ASC series)
 Tags: livestock, nutrition and health, sheep

Body condition scoring is a system of classifying breeding ewes on the basis of differences in body fat. While it is subjective, with practice it can be accurate enough to indicate the nutritional status of individual ewes as well as the entire flock. Thus, it allows the shepherd to identify, record, and adjust the feed intake of ewes determined to be thin, in average flesh, or fat. In the long run, this can save money for producers and/or prevent problems attributable to ewe condition.

50 printed copies | 5 pages | 1,567 words | 19 downloads | PDF: 2,200 kb



ASC-219
An Introduction to Sheep
12/16/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: Debra Aaron, Don Ely
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences
 Series: Animal Science (ASC series)
 Tags:

The information in this fact sheet was developed to provide a quick reference to the most frequently asked questions about sheep and sheep production.

50 printed copies | 5 pages | 3,221 words | 77 downloads | PDF: 1,072 kb



ASC-214
Is Creep Feeding Lambs a Profitable Undertaking?
9/8/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: Don Ely, Endre Fink
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences
 Series: Animal Science (ASC series)
 Tags: nutrition and health

Creep feeding is a technique of providing feed to nursing lambs to supplement the milk they consume. Creep-fed lambs grow faster than noncreep-feds and are more aggressive in nursing ewes. This aggression stimulates greater ewe milk production which, in turn, increases creep feed intake because these lambs will be bigger at a given age. Typically, the creep diet is a grain-protein supplement mixture and is made available in an area constructed so lambs can enter, but ewes cannot. Some situations when it may be economical to creep feed are described in this document.

300 printed copies | 3 pages | 1,940 words | 27 downloads | PDF: 309 kb



PR-417
2000 Kentucky Beef Cattle Research Report
10/1/1999 (new)

 UK Authors: Debra Aaron, Les Anderson, D
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering,
 Series: Progress Report (PR series)
 Tags:

700 printed copies | - | - | 3 downloads | HTML: 4 kb



PR-402
1998 Agronomy Research Report
7/1/1998 (new)

 UK Authors: Richard Barnheisel, Mike Barrett,
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences, Entomology, KTRDC
 Series: Progress Report (PR series)
 Tags:

1,500 printed copies | 56 pages | - | 4 downloads | PDF: 403 kb



ASC-119
Economical Alternative Feeds for Sheep
4/1/1989 (new)

 UK Authors: Monte Chappell, Don Ely
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences
 Series: Animal Science (ASC series)
 Tags: nutrition and health

5,000 printed copies | - | - | 3 downloads | HTML: 24 kb