This is the group of Suffolk ewes that we selected to Artificially Inseminate. We believe that our philosophy of moderately framed sheep with style, lots of body, and as much meat as you can pack on the skeletal structure available.
Before the AI process can begin, the ewes have to be loaded onto specially designed carts that allow the ewes to be worked on properly. Thanks to Chris Decaire for helping make the AI process go smoothly.
Before being taken into the AI trailer the ewes have to be sheared, washed and disinfected. Thanks to Gary Brien for taking care of this on all the ewes
Once rolled into the AI trailer, the ewes are properd up using the carts and two small holes are punctured in the body wall infront of the udder.
These small holes are used to insert a laproscope so the uterus can be found.
Once the laproscope is inserted and the uterus is found the semen can be injected.Once the semen is injected and the laproscope is removed the holes can then be sewn up and the ewe can be rolled back into the barn.
We ended up AIing all 14 ewes selected and had no problems. We have averaged 60-70% conception in the past when we have AIed Dorsets and Texels.
Kilannan 1P is the ram we decided would take us in the direction we wanted to head with the Suffolks. He is a big bodied, high volume, good headed, heavy boned ram that has left some good lambs in the past and hope he will in the future too.