On this farm, all lambs are ear-tagged 2 days after birth and rubber bands are applied to the tail of females. These operations require to have numerous tools and hardware at hand : an electronic ID stick reader, a smartphone to record births, ear-tags, healing cream for ears, docking bands, ear-tag and band pliers. Therefore, the farmer has crafted an « ID-box » where all necessary equipment is arranged at hand and wedged so as not to move during transport and handling.
The proper selection of males for reproduction is crucial to enhance the efficiency and producitivy of the flock. Generally the rams are assumed to be reproductive efficient, and nevertheless, recent studies show that approximately 18% of the rams show physical and/or physiological problems. The identification of those defficiencies is therefore important to discard those rams for reproduction. MSD has developed a drawer to place the ram in, and keep it immobilized in order to collect a semen sample.
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