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Small Ruminant In Vitro Fertilization

IVF services are now available for goat donors!

Take advanced reproductive technology to the next level with IVF! Like ET, IVF is a progressive tool that can help sheep and goat breeders produce more offspring from elite females in a short amount of time and can extend the impact of outstanding sheep and goat genetics.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the process of creating embryos from oocytes (unfertilized egg cells) by fertilizing them with semen in a Petri dish. Oocytes are first collected from the ovaries of donors by ultrasound-guided follicular aspiration. They are then matured in a Petri dish and fertilized 20-24 hours later. Conventional, sexed frozen, or reverse-sorted semen may be used for fertilization. Oocytes then develop in an incubator for seven days, at which point the resulting viable embryos are transferred into recipients.