Libido was evaluated using a pen test. Each lamb (n=60) was placed in a 8 ft. x 8 ft. pen with two estrus ewes. The ewes had been treated with CIDR inserts so that they were in estrus (heat) on the day of testing (August 9). There were two pens of two ewes. Lambs were randomly assigned to a pen (A or B).
Each lamb was in the pen with ewes for five minutes. Breeding behaviors were observed and recorded. Behaviors observed included sniffing, butting, kicking, lip curling (flehman's response), mounting, servicing (ejaculating), and time to service.
|Pen test to evaluate libido|
Table 1. Libido
|Sex||No.||Mounts, #||Services, #||Time, sec.|
Semen was collected from six rams and six short-scrotum lambs. An estrus ewe was used for collection. The semen was collected using an artificial vagina (AV). The semen samples were evaluated on site, then later in a lab by Dr. Dahlia O'Brien from Virginia State University.
Click to view video of ejaculate from intact ram lamb
Click to view video of ejaculate from short-scrotum lamb
Testicles were collected at the time of slaughter, five pairs each from rams and short-scrotum lambs. The testes were dissected and weighed by Dr. Stephan Wildeus at Virginia State University. The short-scrotum lambs had significantly smaller testes than the ram lambs: 114.5 g vs. 393 g. The testicles from the short-scrotum rams also had a different consistency. The epididmymal weight was also smaller (21 vs. 50 g) in the short-scrotum lambs, as were the ratios of parenchyma: tunica and testis: epididmymis (table 2)
Table 2. Organ weights
|Sex||No.||Total testes, g||Epididymal wt, g||Parenchyma:
|Testicles from short-scrotum (L) and ram (R) lambs|