We finished our Artifical Insemination

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by doodles, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. doodles

    doodles Well-Known Member

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    I can't wait for spring to arrive. We AI'd 25 ewes on 11/6 lapriscopically and plan to do about 10 more vaginally. We used 25 different rams so our lamb crop should be quite diverse. All the semen was imported from Iceland to get the best genetics quicker. I'm as excited as a kid at Christmas!! I have waited 3 years to do this.
     
  2. russellsmom

    russellsmom Well-Known Member

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    I've been trying to find information about using AI with sheep. Have you used AI before? What kind of pregnancy rate do you get? (I did read it was a bit harder to get sheep bred through AI, that's why I asked.) Did your regular vet do the AI or must one find a specialist to have their sheep bred via AI? I only have two sheep and I'd like to have them bred next year, I hate to get a ram for just two.
     

  3. doodles

    doodles Well-Known Member

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    Icelandics can be bred vaginally with semen imported from Iceland. It is fairly easy but does require a teaser ram. Iceland is the only folks who pack the semen for vaginal use. We used a guy from Utah to do our LAP procedures and that can be rather costly due to travel cost. There are only about 4-5 people who do this procedure in the USA. Where do you live and what kind of sheep do you have. You might consider buying a ram lamb and selling him after he's finished the work:)
     
  4. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    doodles may I ask what it cost to use AI? I've heard it was rather hit and miss, difficult and expensive, best used on premium animals. Not saying yours aren't premium or the all breeds are the same but I am curious about whatever details you can share.
     
  5. doodles

    doodles Well-Known Member

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    I guess it is more expensive than natural breeding but it allows me to get genetics from as many rams as I want with out spending the money to buy them. We buy semen from the top rams in Iceland. The surgery costs between 25-40 dollars on each ewe depending on which person that you use. The sponges and hormones can run 15-20 more per ewe. The sucess rate is 70-90 % depending on how well you manage the timing of sponges,hormones and surgery.You also need to pay travel expenses for the technician. This can be shared if another farm near you does AI at the same time. The vaginal AI is cheap. You have very llittle in equipment and the success rate is 50-80% ,again depending on how dedicated you are to management.The only true cost is semen,but no other breed packs semen for vaginal AI.
    I really enjoy the Icelandic breed so this is very viable to me. We will do it every year.
    I will be happy to give a name of the person that does my AI if anyone is interested.