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Sheep

Ram Fertility testing

Achieving a good pregnancy rate is only possible with healthy and fertile rams. Highly fertile rams improve the overall reproductive efficiency of the flock by producing more viable lambs in a shorter period of time. It is thought that 10% of breeding rams are infertile and that at least 20% are sub-fertile. Such rams can have a dramatic effect on flock performance and profitability with high barren rates (target<5%), low lambing percentages and protracted lambing periods. Breeding soundness exams should be carried out annually and at least 10 weeks before tupping. It consists of a thorough physical examination with emphasis on the reproductive system. Considerations;

General physical exam, looking especially at conformation and dentition
Scrotal exam and measurement of testes
Examination of prepuce and penis
If necessary, examination of semen collected by electro-ejaculation


Assessment of your ram’s fertility allows his breeding potential to be used to its maximum. Breeding soundness exams can be carried out on farm or at the practice

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