ewes and rams
The drive to lamb Mules early in a condensed period while still achieving good scanning percentages pushed the Christopher family to consider using melatonin implants. As seasonal breeders, sheep naturally produce the hormone melatonin in response to shorter day length. This then kick-starts the reproductive cycle. As a result, this hormone can be used as part of breeding programmes as a means of manipulating the breeding season while also bringing other benefits including increased lamb numbers (see “Melatonin – what […]