Friday, May 25, 2018

Second Weighing

The lambs were weighed for a second time today. For the past two weeks, they gained from 2 to 14 lbs. for an average of 8.4 ± 2.5 lbs. The median gain was 8 lbs. Stated another way, ADG ranged from 0.143 to 1.00 lbs. per day for an average of 0.599 ± 0.177 lbs. per day. The median ADG was 0.571. No lamb lost weight.


Nineteen ram lambs gained 0.608 ± 0.210 lbs. per day. Seventeen short-scrotum rams gained 0.661 ± 0.145 lbs. per day. Twenty-four wethers gained 0.549 ± 0.161 lbs. per day. FAMACHA© scores were mostly 1 or 2. There were a couple approaching 3.

For the first 28 days of the project, gained ranged from 9.4 to 16.8 lbs. and averaged 16.9 ± 3.9 lbs. The median gain was 16.8 lbs. ADG ranged from 0.336 to 0.993 lbs. per day and averaged 0.605 ± 0.141 lbs. per day. The median ADG was 0.600 lbs. per day. No lamb has lost weight.


For the first 28 days, ram lambs have gained 0.592 ± 0.146 lbs. per day. Short-scrotum rams have gained 0.631 ± 0.103 lbs.per day. Wethers have gained 0.597 ± 0.161 lbs. per day.

Sex No. ADG -2nd period 28-d ADG
Ram 19 0.608 ± 0.210 0.592 ± 0.146
Wether 25 0.549 ± 0.161 0.597 ± 0.161
Short scrotum 17 0.661 ± 0.145 0.631 ± 0.103
ALL 60 0.599 ± 0.177 0.605 ± 0.141


The lambs are currently grazing a five-acre paddock of spring oats. The dwarf pearl millet pasture (5 acres) was planted today. The lambs are also consuming 2 lbs. of grain per day. The grain is a balanced mixture of whole barley, soybean meal, and minerals. It is split into two equal feedings.

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