Yesterday my sheep kiddos and I accompanied some friends to their AI (that is artificial insemination)...event? Their daughter is upbreeding her Wensleydale ewes to be considered "pure". Here in the states, this breed is still being established. I think that you cannot import the Wensleydales, but you can import the .....necessary male component. As it happens, this procedure is done with a laparoscopy. So, two small incisions are made and the ewe is impregnated right before your very eyes...well, if you are the one looking thru the scope, which we weren't...but we were able to look through the scope and check out the organs during the procedure.
I have some pictures on my phone of our participation, but at this point cannot get them from the phone to the computer....If you are interested.....this slide show is exactly what happened (not too graphic!)...and I have the cutest picture of Z looking through the scope like the 8th slide shows. (Incidentally, this is the man who was doing the procedure.)
We also got to look at some of the processing of the wool AND the finished product! The AI was taking place here.
Since we have recently bought some drop spindles and were then given a spinning wheel (which we have not yet used), we are trying to learn all we can about these fiber sheep.
We had a fun and educational hands-on kind of day!