How long should ewes be dipped before letting ram go?


As title have ewes which will be letting wit ram in 10 days time. Is it too late to shower them will ram be able to get scent.
Rams are not bulls, they do not need to scent out ewes in oestrus. Ewes come to the ram and her "hot" behaviour entices him to do the biz. Plunge or shower dipping may affect mob ovulation rate slightly, resulting in 1 or 2% lower scanning rate due to stress.
The biggest danger with plunge and shower dipping in cold temperatures is causing ram infertility by killing off the maturing sperm cells. However his fertility becomes restored after a month to six weeks.
Electro dipping (tip spraying with high concentrated chemical mist) has no affect on either rams or ewes.

New report underlines need for joined-up action to protect rivers

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New report underlines need for joined-up action to protect rivers

Written by Defra Press Office

A wide river is in view in a valley in the background, a drystone wall is behind the river, and large, green trees are prominent in the scene.

The Rivers Trust has today launched its State of Our Rivers report aiming to allow the English public understand and explore the health of their rivers on a national and local scale.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow and Environment Agency Director John Leyland attended the launch panel to discuss the ways in which the...