Most flocks in the northeast, even those that most would consider pasture-based, feed some form of whole grain or pelleted concentrate at some point in the annual production cycle. We are no different. Our “Conventional” ewes are supplemented with grain during lactation and our lambs too for a few weeks before going to pasture in May. For the remainder of the year, however, all sheep are maintained on pasture with no supplement. With our conventionally-raised sheep, we are striving for maximizing pounds of lamb weaned per ewe which favors ewes that successfully raise twins and triplets. Demands for nursing triplets are obviously quite high, so we supplement to be sure each lamb receives sufficient nutrition from its mother. Because a lamb’s feed efficiency is so great in the first month or so of life, we offer high quality grains to lambs too, but separate from their mothers (i.e. creep feeding) which builds an outstanding, healthy lamb. With this strong nutritional foundation, our lambs transition well to a grass and legume diet on pasture by late spring and are ready for market by early fall. Inputs are higher in this system, but output is higher as well.