02 6884 1190 dubbovet@apiam.com.au

Sheep Services

Sheep Services

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital has a number of Vets experienced in all aspects of individual and flock problems in sheep and provides all general, emergency and reproductive services on-farm. 

We provide a service to producers that include:

  • Obstetrical work including lambings, caesareans and prolapse treatment
  • Diagnosis and treatment of pre and post lambing diseases in ewes including pregnancy toxaemia and nutritional deficiencies
  • Advice on parasite control and management
  • Diagnosis and treatment of sick sheep on an individual and flock basis
  • Nutritional advice
  • Reproduction
  • Pre-joining examination of rams
  • Semen collection, evaluation and freezing via Apiam Genetic Services
  • We also provide an ultra-sound pregnancy testing service that enables you to most economically manage your ewes by optimising fertility in your flock and by assessing their future nutritional requirements.
Ovine Brucellosis Accreditation

Ovine brucellosis (OB) is common in many sheep flocks and is caused by the bacterium Brucella ovis. The organism is found in the semen of rams and causes epididymitis (hard lumps in the testicles) leading to ram infertility and sterility. In ewes, it will cause abortion and early embryonic loss.

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital can help evaluate your rams as well as diagnose and eradicate Ovine Brucellosis from your flock.

Measures to prevent the introduction of Ovine Brucellosis into your flock include:

  • Only purchasing rams from those studs which can guarantee they are free of ovine brucellosis.
  • Studs should be part of the NSW Ovine Brucellosis Accreditation Scheme.
  • Preventing stray rams getting into the ram flock and your rams from getting into the neighbour’s flock by maintaining ram fencing.
  • Do not purchase rams from saleyards where infected rams may be sold.
  • Palpate your rams’ testicles prior to joining and in 6 monthly intervals.

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital is able to offer Ovine Brucellosis Accreditation to studs in order to sell Brucellosis accredited free rams.

Faecal Egg Counts and Dawbutts

Faecal Egg Counts (FECs) represent the number of worm eggs in a sample of dung at a given time. The count is then expressed as ‘eggs per gram’ of dung. FECs provide a more accurate assessment of worm burden compared to assessment on clinical signs alone (scouring, weight loss, pale membranes).

A count can help identify emerging worm problems before symptoms appear, helping to avoid costly losses in production. FECs help assess the overall worm status of a mob, guide the decision to treat (or not) and alert us to possible resistance.

Regular FEC monitoring is cost effective, saving the expense of unnecessary or ineffective drenching. FECs help to assess the efficacy of chemicals used to control worms on your individual property.

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital uses Dawbutts for FEC studies. This system allows the ease of using an easy to use prepaid pack, where the producer can collect and send away specimens when it is most convenient and then be invoiced based on the test used. Results are them emailed direct to you whilst Dubbo Veterinary Hospital receives a copy. 

Any producer who uses Dubbo Veterinary Hospital for Dawbutts FEC is entitled to discuss your treatment options with a veterinarian. 

Call us at Dubbo Veterinary Hospital to discuss Ovine Brucellosis investigation and accreditation or to discuss Dawbutts FEC.

Sheep and Goat Reproduction

In order to fulfil the breeding objectives of your flock, different breeding techniques can be employed. In essence, the objective of these techniques is to proliferate the genetics of the desired sire and dam as much as possible.

These techniques include natural mating, laparoscopic artificial insemination with either fresh, chilled or thawed frozen semen and multi ovulation and embryo transfer with either fresh, chilled or thawed frozen embryos.

Via Apiam Genetic Services we offer the collection, evaluation and freezing of ram semen, laparoscopic insemination (fresh, chilled and frozen) and multi ovulation of ewes and transfer of embryos (fresh, chilled and frozen).

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital and Apiam Genetic Services have more than 30 years experience with freezing ram semen and undertaking laparoscopic artificial insemination and multi-ovulation and embryo transfer of ewes.

Semen Processing, Storage & Export

Semen Processing

Apiam Genetic Services is able to collect, process and store semen from your rams. We will only process semen that has passed our strict standards.

Semen can only be processed from rams that have undergone a negative Brucella ovis CFT blood test, a negative Brucella ovis semen culture and a negative Actinobacillus seminis culture.

Semen will only be passed for use if it has exceeded Apiam Genetic Services strict standards with regard to semen motility, morphology and concentration, resulting in the appropriate number of normal progressively normal spermatozoa.

Semen Storage

Apiam Genetic Services has been storing semen since 1982. We have dozens of tanks and some semen that has been stored with us for over 30 years.

Transporting Semen

Apiam Genetic Services has numerous dry shipper tanks that allows us to transport semen all over Australia. We are very experienced and ship semen consignments on a weekly basis.

Exporting Semen

The exportation of semen can require considerable logistics, health tests and paperwork. Apiam Genetic Services is accredited to collect and facilitate the export of semen to a variety of countries.

Apiam Genetic Services have been successfully processing, storing, distributing and exporting ram semen for over 30 years.

Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination

Laparoscopic artificial insemination is a quick and simple surgical artificial technique, which uses a rigid fibre optic scope through the abdominal wall, to locate the reproductive tract and deposit semen in the lumen of the uterine horn.

Most laparoscopic artificial insemination utilises thawed frozen semen, after the ewes have been treated with hormones to induct a synchronised oestrous (heat) thus allowing a set time for insemination.

In addition to using thawed frozen semen, Apiam Genetic Services can offer semen collected from a sire on farm on insemination day and use fresh semen.

Apiam Genetic Services offer laparoscopic artificial insemination services for operations of any size from 10 to 1000 and can organise a program to suit your individual requirements.

Apiam Genetic Services have been successfully undertaking laparoscopic artificial insemination of ewes over 30 years. Call us to discuss your breeding program.

Muliovulation, Uterine Flush & Embryo Transfer

Multiovulation involves treating donor does with hormones to substantially increase the number of eggs they produce at a particular time. These are the fertilized through artificial insemination.

Uterine flushing refers to harvesting these embryos from the donor doe after 6 days growth.

After harvesting the Embryos are then transferred to recipient does that have been synchronized to the same heat pattern as that of the donor doe.

The process has a high degree of technical input and is comprised of a series of events and procedures that all require successful completion if a satisfactory outcome is to be achieved. Appropriate management and attention to detail is a critical ingredient.

The ‘Hands Free’ ET centre facility “Carinya” is specially designed to standardise treatment of all donor does with nutrition and management. For any given ET program, we have an experienced team consisting of 2 – 3 veterinarians, 1-2 embryologists, 1-2 technicians and 1-3 sheep handling and preparation staff. MAB has an effective freezing method suitable for domestic use and export protocols.

We undertake a chilled program where the donors are run at our ET centre and the recipients are run on your own property. The procedures for the recipients are essentially the same as a run of the mill AI program. On the day of flushing, the embryos are collected, chilled, transported and transferred the same afternoon, or the next day depending on the number of donor does.

Apiam genetic Services have been successfully undertaking Hands Free ET for over 15 years. Call us to discuss your breeding program.

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital
  • Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
  • Saturday 8.30 am – 12 noon
  • Telephone: 02 6884 1190
  • Email: dubbovet@apiam.com.au
  • AH Emergency: 02 6884 1190


355 Macquarie Street NSW 2830



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