Advanced breeding techniques of small ruminants and camelids
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After a producer has gained knowledge and experience with the breeding management of their herd or flock, they may decide to attempt a variety of assisted reproductive techniques. What exactly is included in the category of assisted reproductive techniques? The author has included timed artificial insemination – both transcervical and laparoscopic, embryo transfer, and semen collection and freezing as the techniques to be discussed in this manuscript. In technical terms, the use of various pharmaceuticals for manipulation of the estrous cycle is assisted reproductive technology, but most authors will include this material when discussing the breeding management of groups as was done in this series of proceedings articles.