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Two opportunities that many producers fail to take advantage of are (1) the relatively short gestation period (pregnancy) in sheep and goats and (2) the ability to manage their herd adequately for optimum reproductive performance. Efficiency of reproduction can be characterized by the number of offspring available to market each year and the frequency of kidding/lambing. Factors such as a basic understanding of male and female reproduction, breed/selection, maintaining a good nutrition and health program, and efficiently utilizing reproductive technology to minimize seasonal impacts are critical for increasing production and profitability in herds.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
December 3, 2019