Why do we keep a teaser ram?

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Teaser ram for help with breeding our Gotland sheep

This year we are going to use a teaser ram to try and increase our success rate with Artificial Insemination. A teaser ram is a normal ram which has been vasectomised. Teaser rams work by inducing a hormonal response in the ewes from the sight, sound and smell of the ram.

Meet Winston, our BFL ram. Winston will be a resident on our farm. he is a gentle beast, I find him grazing in the shade, laying down under a tree, or running to the fence to see if I have something tasty for him. He has just arrived on the farm about a week ago and he has already won my heart. This being said, he is a ram and I never turn my back to a ram (I learned the hard way).