EKRE PROJECT - 1999 EWE FLOCK
Roger G. Haugen and Wes Limesand
Animal & Range Science DepartmentNDSU , Fargo
Flock Size: 125 ewes
Stocking Rate: 1 ewe per 5 acres
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.
Low inputs during grazing & maintenance periods (early spring - late fall).
Highest requirements at lambing and lactation periods.
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.