Coming up on September 18, we’re holding our annual ram sale. To do that, we need to blood test all our sale rams, to make sure they don’t have any nasty diseases that they can pass on to the ewes that they will mate with.
It’s a regular practise with most studs – we feel it would be unethical to sell rams that weren’t tested negative to many diseases that could affect fertility.
Dave Swan, our vet, comes to do this and while Anthony or Jayden (the bloke that gives us a hand) man-handles each ram (only about 120 kilo’s each!), Dave takes their blood and I run around setting up new syringes and labelling the blood vials.
It’s always a fun day – we get to see our rams at close quarters and have a yarn with Dave!