The biggest problem we see is that people don’t take their ewes off feed and water when they are instructed. The protocol for both LAI and ET calls for the ewes being bred or having surgery to be off feed AND water for 24 hours ahead of the procedure. It is important to follow this detail to both help position the rumen out of the way for the procedure as well as limit the risk of her aspirating regurgitated fluid/debris and bowel puncture. The rumen is a large container of feed and water so the reservoir needs to be emptied. There is a reason that human doctors ask for the same thing before their surgeries.
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