Best Practices to Increase Your Lamb Crop
December 2, 2016

The American Lamb Industry Roadmap implementation team identified the goal of doubling domestic consumption of lamb. The National Lamb Crop Task Force was developed to create awareness and develop educational information to assist producers in production practices that will increase national lamb production to meet this goal.

Funded by the American Sheep Industry Association's Let's Grow Program, the task force came up with a 12-step plan to educate and promote the industry to work toward a better lamb crop. The 12 steps are not set by rank but by level of importance or level of building upon one another. The steps include nutrition, breeding ewe lambs, selecting for prolific genetics, crossbreeding, culling, reducing lamb loss, pregnancy testing, disease prevention and treatment, reproduction-to-management matching, testing rams, managing seasonal reproductive changes and accelerating lambing.

The set of 12 Lamb Crop Best Practices are now available at by clicking on Production Resources then Best Practice Resources. These practices are based on sound research and time-tested practical experience.

Because production methods vary across the United States and among producers within the same production system, not all of these best practices will be applicable to all sheep operations. However, most sheep producers should be able to identify some of the Lamb Crop Best Practices that will help them gain efficiency and improve profitability.