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Synchronising ewes

As the breeding season for early lambing and pedigree flocks is starting, Prof. David Kenny Head of the Animal Biosciences Dept in Teagasc, joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss various aspects of synchronisation in ewes.

David starts by explaining the pros and cons of synchronisation in sheep and he discusses the role of sponging and PMSG in the synchronising process as well as the protocol used, including the timing of ram introduction.

David then highlights the importance of the correct ewe to ram ratio and discusses some strategies to deal this.

He finishes up discussing the rate of PMSG used and how ewe prolificacy and time of season affect the level of response.

For more episodes from the OviCast podcast, visit the show page at: www.teagasc.ie/ovicastpodcast