Market Lamb Project Guide: Show Lamb Selection and Development
Market Lamb Selection
Market lambs provide an excellent project for 4-H youth to learn about being responsible for animals. Along the way, they learn more about the sheep industry and agriculture in general. The market lamb project teaches how to own and work with lambs; how to take responsibility for lambs’ health, care, and growth; and how to win or lose competitions gracefully. These skills are important life lessons that will serve a 4-H’er even as an adult.
Breeds of Sheep
There are several breeds exhibited at the junior market lamb shows in Mississippi. They include the following breeds: Dorset, Hamphsire, Oxford, Shropshire, Suffolk, and Crossbreds. Instead of showing lambs in breed divisions, market lambs are now shown by weight.
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