Sheep Fertility

As the longest day is now behind us, it is time to start thinking about the preparation for tupping.

It is possible to advance the breeding season and to synchronise oestrus using the “ram effect” or artificial hormones. The former is often done with a vasectomised “teaser” ram; the latter will produce tighter synchronisation but requires multiple handlings of the ewes. Contact us to discuss which option is best for you or to book in a ram vasectomy.

Ewe body condition and energy intake will have a major impact on reproductive performance. As it takes 6-8 weeks to gain a body condition score, start thinking about getting ewes in condition now. If you would like to know more about how nutrition can affect flock productivity - don’t miss our workshop in August.

Selenium and iodine deficiency can cause disappointing scanning results. We can blood sample your ewes in the late summer to check on levels of trace elements so that you can target supplementation to what you need.

It is no good having the ewes in tip-top condition if the rams cannot perform. Ask us to carry out ram breeding soundness examinations to check your rams are up to scratch.

You can get 5 for the price of 4 in July, please contact the office to book!

 

 

 

July 2017