Reproduction Specialty Group

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Assessment Questions

1. What animals do you raise?

2. How many years have you been raising them?

3. How long do you plan to continue this business?

4. How many animals do you breed in a years time? Or this year?

5. How many more animals would you like to raise in the next 5 years??

6. How many animals does your business sell annually for show/breeding purposes?

7. How do you currently market your animals?

8. How many more animals would you like to sell for show/breeding purposes in the next 5 years?

9. Do you have a seasonal nutrition program for the various phases of production?

10. Do you follow a yearly vaccination and deworming schedule?

11. Where do you purchase your animal medications?

12. Is maintaining foot health in your flock or herd a challenge?

13. Are you comfortable assessing your animals for body condition?

14. If applicable, when do you shear your animals?

15. How do you invest in new sire genetics?

16. Do you currently store frozen semen/embryos?

Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination

Definition: Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination, also referred to as LAI, is the minimally invasive surgical method used to deposit semen directly into the lumen or inside of the uterus. The technique was first developed in Australia in the 1980’s with extensive work done by the University of Sydney.

17. Have you used LAIs in the past with your animals?

18. If yes to Question 17, how many animals did you utilize LAI on in the past annually? If no to Question 17, mark N/A

19. If yes to Question 17, who does your LAI procedures? If no to Question 17, mark N/A

20. If yes to Question 17, what describes your primary reason for using LAI? If no to Question 17, mark N/A

21. If yes to Question 17, where are you having your LAI procedures done at? If no to Question 17, mark N/A

22. If yes to Question 17, did you feel that LAI accomplished the results you needed it to? If no to Question 17, mark N/A

23. If no to Question 17, why did it not accomplish the results you needed? If yes to Question 17, mark N/A

24. If no to Question 17, are you interested in utilizing LAI in your flock or herd in the upcoming breeding season? If yes to Question 17, mark N/A

Embryo Transfer Questions

Definition: Embryo Transfer or ET is a tool used to increase or maximize the production of genetically superior individuals. Candidates for embryo transfer generally fall into one of the following groups. The first group includes, young to middle-aged highly productive females where multiple offspring per year is desired. The second group includes older or debilitated females who are unable to carry or care for their offspring and yet remain superior producers.

25. Have you used Embryo Transfer (ET) surgical procedures with your animals before?

26. If yes to Question 25, who does your ET procedures? If no to Question 25, mark N/A.

27. If yes to Question 25, where are you having your ET procedures done? If no to Question 25, mark N/A.

28. If yes to Question 25, did your results help to improve your program? If no to Question 25, mark N/A.

29. If no to Question 25, What was the reason? If yes to Question 25, mark N/A.

30. If yes to Question 25, who prepared your donors in advance of the ET program? If no to Question 25, mark N/A.

31. How many of your animals were part of an ET program last year?

32. Do you plan on increasing the number of donors you program in the next breeding season?

33. If yes to Question 25, who prepared your recipient ewes for the Embryo Transfers? If no to Question 25, mark N/A.

34. If you are hauling into another facility, would you like to be a Host site for an ET procedure day?

35. If no to Question 25, are you interested in utilizing ET in your flock or herd in the upcoming breeding season? If yes to Question 25, mark N/A.

Genetics Questions

36. Have you used collection and freezing services for your males in the past?

37. Are you marketing semen to other producers?

38. Do you know that male and female sex sorted semen is available?

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