These are practices carried out to enhance successful breeding.
Crutching and Ringing
- Crutching - cutting of wool around the external reproductive organs of female sheep.
- Ringing - trimming wool around the sheath of the penis of the rams to facilitate mating.
Tupping and Serving
- Tupping refers to mating in sheep and goats.
- Serving refers to mating in cattle and pigs.
- This is the practice of fitting the rams with breeding chutes which are painted in different colours during mating
- to identify mated ewes and to indicate the active rams hence help in culling of the weak rams.