Finishing lambs on grain and brassicas in the Northeast: an economic study of three systems

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2007: $7,501.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: New Hampshire
Project Leader:
Bill Fosher
Edgefield Farm


  • Agronomic: oats
  • Vegetables: peas (culinary), turnips
  • Animals: sheep


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, parasite control, manure management, pasture fertility, pasture renovation, grazing - rotational, stockpiled forages, winter forage
  • Crop Production: cover crops, double cropping, multiple cropping
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns
  • Soil Management: organic matter

    Proposal summary:

    One of the main challenges to producing prime finished lamb in New England is the expense of the grain needed to finish them. The project manager will look at whether it is cost-effective to finish lambs by grazing them on kale or turnips as opposed to keeping them on pasture and then moving them to a gradual full feed ration of grains. Outreach will be through articles, a web site, and a field day.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.