Sheep industry sees expansion, demand

Higher prices are here just as marketing options are growing, says Dan Morrical, Iowa State University Extension sheep specialist. He says the ethnic market is growing, with lambs weighing between 60 and 80 pounds in demand.

Those marketing options are helping drive interest, Vos says. Producers are looking into moving away from traditional spring lambing to access even more markets.

“We are seeing producers looking at lambing one and a half times yearly, rather than just once, to get added production,” Vos says.

Accelerated lambing is becoming more popular. Morrical says it not only reaches a different market seasonally, but allows producers to make better use of facilities.

He says wool prices are strong due to shorter supplies. Many producers have switched to hair sheep breeds, Morrical adds, to reach different markets and produce smaller ewes.

The worldwide supply of lamb is down, he says.

Source: Missouri Farmer Today