Breeding Soundness Examination
by Wayne Singleton
Dept. of Animal Sciences
|A ram not only represents a sizeable
investment but he also influence the economic return from the flock for years to come.
Therefore, a producer should select a ram that will both settle a high percentage of the
flock early in the breeding season and sire lambs with the genetic potential for rapid and
Presently, there is no accurate method available that can be used to predict the lambing rate of ewes exposed to an individual ram. But through a breeding soundness examination prior to the breeding season, rams of questionable or unsatisfactory breeding potential can be identified.
Surveys show that 10 to 15% of rams examined are questionable or unsatisfactory potential breeders. A breeding soundness examination should be performed by a veterinarian or trained technician. Following is an outline of procedures followed in this examination.
BREEDING SOUNDNESS EXAMINATION
Semen Characteristics of the Ram and other Farm Animals