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This NebGuide explains how ram lambs can be most efficiently used in a breeding program and provides management suggestions for a successful program.
Are you planning to use a ram lamb this breeding season? If so, you should consider the capabilities and limitations of ram lambs.
It may be true that some well-grown, aggressive, vigorous, highly fertile ram lambs can settle 50 ewes and maybe more. However, these rams are exceptions. A good rule to follow for practical ram management is 15 to 20 ewes for a ram lamb and 35 to 50 ewes for a mature ram.