Profit in splitting lambs by gender

LambsWhen it comes to finishing and processing lambs, there is money to be made in treating male and female lambs separately, it seems.

This was one of the conclusions from a recent on-farm trial looking at the links between feed, breed and gender on saleable meat yield. A group of 15 top-performing North Island farmers, who supply lambs to Progressive Meats, used Beef + Lamb New Zealand farmer-initiated technology transfer funding to analyse the records for 42,000 lambs across two seasons. They worked with a geneticist, Aimee Charteris, to look for patterns and insights into on-farm factors influencing saleable meat yield, as well as carcase weight and fitness.

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