Hello and thank you for visiting the Awassi Sheep blog. This blog is dedicated to the history, genetics and breeding of Awassi fat tail sheep. I'm Andy Karras a fourth generation sheep breeder and owner of Karras Farm in North Carolina. We specialize in Awassi Sheep, Assaf Sheep and East Friesian sheep. Karras Farm was the very first to sheep breeder to import the highly desireable Awassi Fat Tail Sheep into the United Sates.
Here is a video we took at the end of October 2011 showing Dr. Blackwell performing an embroy transfer at Karras farm. The process is generally painless for the sheep and takes roughly 4-6 minutes to complete from the time anesthesia is administered to the time the ewe is released into recovery. Some ewes receive two embryos and other will receive one. We trust in the doctors judgement when accessing the ewes at the time of surgery. The lamb success rate is equal to that of natural conception and does not result in any negative side affects for the ewe or lamb.
Karras Farm performs embroy transfer and artifical insemination annually to ensure the very best genetics in our animals.