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Understanding Live-Animal Evaluation of Fat Lambs

Do you market lamb directly to consumers? Learn to use your hands to tell when a lamb is finished! Companion fact sheet available at

Learning to master correct live-animal evaluation of fat lambs will help you provide a superior, differentiated product to your customers. It also can reduce the overall cost of producing a premium lamb by more accurately determining when the animal is finished, thereby better controlling feed costs.

Whether you’re a producer or you raise lambs for your own consumption, this video will answer the question, “When is my lamb ready to be butchered?”