Producers face many hurdles when breeding sheep, but preventing the use of an infertile ram or ram with decreased fertility can be accomplished through a breeding soundness exam. A breeding soundness exam includes a physical and reproductive tract examination as well as semen evaluation conducted by a veterinarian. Extension research has shown that removing an infertile ram from the flock can increase profits by $10-12 per ewe by decreasing the ram:ewe ratio, decreasing the percent of open ewes and increasing the percent lamb crop.
A Ram Breeding Soundness Exam Clinic is scheduled for Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Salem beginning at 8:00 am. Rams must be at least 8 months in age. The cost is $30 per ram and each will be insured at market value from the time they leave the farm until they return.
This is made possible through cooperation of the Washington County Sheep Association and Purdue Extension – Washington County.
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