EKRE PROJECT - 1999 EWE FLOCK

Roger G. Haugen and Wes Limesand

Animal & Range Science DepartmentNDSU , Fargo

PRODUCTION GOALS OF THE EKRE EWE FLOCK

Flock Size: 125 ewes

Stocking Rate: 1 ewe per 5 acres

Ewe Type:

Highly fertile - drop 200% lamb crop.

Heavy milkers - be able to raise twins.

Moderate frame size 150 - 170 lbs.; lower feed requirements than a larger 200 - 250# ewe ; can run more ewes on given land area.

Utilize speckled face ewes.

Increase heterosis or hybrid vigor.

Increase fertility, livability in lambs and milking ability.

Labor Inputs:

Low inputs during grazing & maintenance periods (early spring - late fall).

Highest requirements at lambing and lactation periods.

ECONOMIC SUMMARY FOR 1999

1999 FLOCK OF 76 EWES

Ewes lambed in Feb-March; Lamb Drop = 178%; Death Loss = 8.9% 135 lambs born; 123 lambs weaned

1998 FLOCK OF 50 EWES

Ewes lambed in Feb-March; Lamb Drop = 178%; Death Loss = 12.4% 89 lambs born; 78 lambs weaned

Feed expenses by the ewes:

Nov/May 15 - Beet tailings, hay, and grain fed. 200 days TOTAL ~ $25 /ewe

May 15/Oct - Grazing on Ekre Property (value versus 165 days @ 4 lbs hay/ day =$19.80)

Lamb Marketing Income - 1999 - August

83 lambs marketed at $0.80/lb; averaged 135 lbs. Gross $8964 ($108/head)

40 ewe lambs retained at a market value of $100/head. Gross value $4000.

Total gross $12,894 ($105.40/head) or $170.58/ewe.

In 1998, lambs grossed $8553.36 ($112.55/head) or $171.07/ewe.

Lamb feed costs til mid August.

Lambs conversions were 4.4 pounds of feed per pound of gain for a total of ~ 375 pounds of feed per lamb (weaning-50 lbs to 135 lbs). The ration cost approximately 5 cents a pound. Total feed cost per lamb was $18.75. (At a feed cost of 6 cents, the feed cost/lamb would have been $22.50)

Total lamb feed costs - $2,306.25 (@5 cents) or $30.35/ewe.

Total lamb feed costs - $2,767.50 (@6 cents) or $36.41/ewe.