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Feasibility Of A Sheep Cooperative For Grazing Leafy Spurge - Summary

  • Sell, Randall S.
  • Nudell, Daniel J.
  • Bangsund, Dean A.
  • Leistritz, F. Larry
  • Faller, Timothy

This report presents an economic feasibility study of a 5,000 head, cooperatively owned, sheep operation for leafy spurge control. The objectives were 1) determine the return on investment of the cooperative, 2) determine the proposed structure of the cooperative, and 3) ascertain the amount of capital investment required by members in the cooperative. Three sheep flock management alternatives were initially considered for the cooperative. These were 1) winter lambing, 2) spring lambing, and 3) fall lambing. The fall lambing scenario was determined to be infeasible because of logistics associated with gathering and transportation of pregnant ewes and lack of grazing pressure on leafy spurge throughout the grazing season. The total capital investment per ewe for the winter lambing scenario was more than the spring lambing scenario - - $301 and $216, respectively. The expected net income generated by the winter lambing scenario was negative. The minimum break-even lamb selling price or lambs sold per ewe for the winter lambing scenario was $84.10/cwt and 1.33, respectively. The spring lambing scenario returned $124,000 annually. The minimum breakeven lamb selling price or lambs sold per ewe for the spring lambing scenario was $59.51/cwt and 0.94, respectively. The expected return on investment (50% equity) for cooperative members with the spring lambing scenario, assuming a 50-acre leafy spurge infestation in a 100-acre pasture and new fence, was 16 percent (stocking rate of 1 ewe and lambs per acre of leafy spurge). While these returns are not a guarantee of success for the spring lambing alternative, they do provide an indication of the potential that such a cooperative may have.

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Paper provided by North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics in its series Agricultural Economics Reports with number 23201.

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  1. Sell, Randall S. & Nudell, Daniel J. & Bangsund, Dean A. & Leistritz, F. Larry & Faller, Timothy, 2000. "Feasibility Of A Sheep Cooperative For Grazing Leafy Spurge," Agricultural Economics Reports 23270, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
  2. Sell, Randall S. & Bangsund, Dean A. & Leistritz, F. Larry & Nudell, Daniel J., 1998. "Ranch Operators' Perceptions Of Leafy Spurge," Agricultural Economics Reports 23456, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
  3. Sell, Randall S. & Bangsund, Dean A. & Leistritz, F. Larry & Nudell, Daniel J., 1998. "Perceptions Of Leafy Spurge By Public Land Managers, Local Decision Makers, And Ranch Operators," Agricultural Economics Reports 23399, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
  4. Bangsund, Dean A. & Nudell, Daniel J. & Sell, Randall S. & Leistritz, F. Larry, 1999. "Economic Analysis Of Controlling Leafy Spurge With Sheep," Agricultural Economics Reports 23113, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
  5. Bangsund, Dean A. & Leitch, Jay A. & Leistritz, F. Larry, 1996. "Economic Analysis Of Herbicide Control Of Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia Esula L.) In Rangeland," Agricultural Economics Reports 23314, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
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