Iowa, S.D. to hold lamb carcass meeting
SHELDON, Iowa – Sheep producers and agribusiness staff will learn how to improve lamb carcass quality, resulting in better returns for the producer at a Dec. 9 meeting in Sheldon, Iowa. The lamb meeting is cooperatively sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers, Iowa Sheep and Wool Promotion Board, and Premier 1. The meeting will be held at the Pizza Ranch and begins with a 6 p.m. dinner, followed by a short business meeting and presentations from various university sheep specialists.
Jeff Held, extension sheep specialist at South Dakota State University, will lead off with “Managing Market Lambs to Minimize Shrink.” Currently producers are paid on live weight delivered to the packing plant or carcass weight after the lambs are harvested. In either case, it is important to reduce the amount of weight lost in transportation and/or the harvest process. Held will discuss best management practices that reduce shrink and thus improve the financial return to the producer.
Dan Morrical, extension sheep specialist with Iowa State University will follow. He will discuss feeding approaches with market lambs that will improve yield grades. “Yield grades are a measure of the boneless, closely trimmed retail cuts from the shoulder, rib, loin and leg. A recent Lamb Industry Report indicated that eliminating excess fat and providing consistent quality are top priorities for the American lamb industry,” said Morrical. “I’ll present approaches producers can implement to reduce excess carcass fat.”
Cost to attend the meeting is $6 per person for the meal, payable at the door. Call the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Sioux County at 712-737-4230 or email Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist, at email@example.com.
–Iowa State University