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Study reveals top traits of different sheep breeds

Posted: Thursday, Aug 15th, 2013

Courtesy - Researchers carried out a comprehensive evaluation of crossbred lambs and tested gains in weight and other traits.

CLAY CENTER Sheep producers in western states can get a better idea of which breeds are best suited for their operations, based on a comprehensive evaluation by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists of the animals used to produce market lambs.

The USDA scientists and their university colleagues examined critical performance traits of lambs sired by rams of Columbia, Suffolk, Texel and a composite breed developed at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center.

For the complete article see the 08-16-2013 issue.

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