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Enhancing Reproductive Performance in Small Ruminants: Part VI. Reproductive Management Techniques



Authors as Published

Dahlia O’Brien, Professor, Virginia State University, and Small Ruminant Specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extension; and Stephan Wildeus, Professor, Virginia State University, Agricultural Research Station

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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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Publication Date

December 3, 2019