Snip ops are tops for rams

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A JOB I’m some­times asked to do be­fore au­tumn sets in is va­sec­tomies on male sheep and I have just per­formed them on two re­luc­tant rams.

This may seem crazy. Why would sheep need help with fam­ily plan­ning and birth con­trol? Once these boys have had the snip they can mate to their heart’s con­tent with­out caus­ing un­wanted preg­nan­cies.

Af­ter­wards these two rams shuf­fled un­com­fort­ably in their pen but they were ac­tu­ally the luck­i­est an­i­mals on the farm.

Arousal

In­stead of be­ing sent to the butch­ers they will en­joy many years of care­free mat­ing. The pro­ce­dure was to let them mix with fe­male sheep at the start of the mat­ing sea­son – to spur the ewes into a height­ened state of arousal.

It makes the mat­ing pe­riod more com­pact and the lamb­ing sea­son, five-and-a-bit months later, much more man­age­able. The real tups would be added next to do the deed when all the ewes should be ready and wait­ing. Yet nei­ther re­luc­tant ram, like many hu­mans, would have looked for­ward to the op.

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