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UK Frozen Ram Semen & Embryos Importation — updated 26 Jan 2023

100% UK Sheep Embryos now FOR SALE . . . posted in with the rams until separate ET Donor tab is added click link: Kerry Hill 100% UK Embryos

You can still order frozen ram semen and embryos NOW from Tank #s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 . . . Scroll to the very bottom of this page for the Interest Form/Order & remember to hit the BLUE SUBMIT button. . . you might need to TURN your cellphone sideways to see the SUBMIT button

To fill requirements on USA side of the pond please note these items:
- rams for semen importation are required via USDA/APHIS to be Scrapie Genotype tested ARR/ARR [highest resistance]
- newly sourced rams need to be "unrelated" to rams already posted on my website, required via USA clients for Genetic Diversity https://www.heritagesheepreproduction.com/collections/all
- donor ewes required to be Scrapie Genotype tested . . . Health Certificate 11.1.2.1 * "For in vivo-derived sheep embryos only: The embryos are of the genotype AAQR or AARR based on official testing of the parents of the embryos

Heritage Sheep Reproduction has ~100+ UK rams in various stages of the Frozen Ram Semen Importation process. Due to working with RARE Sheep Breeds, the UK rams are being "shared" for [UK to USA] & [UK to Canada]:
   a. sourcing and blood testing multiple rams within a breed [months in advance] for Codon Scrapie Genotype ARR/ARR [highest resistance, required via USDA/APHIS] Tank #6 rams
   b. bloodwork to enter quarantine, also continues throughout 2 quarantines
   c. 120-day quarantine
   d. ram enter UK/AI Collection Barn for training & semen collection, suggest Genetic Diversity when more than 1 ram/breed
   e. 30-day post semen collection quarantine
   f. final bloodwork before importation
   g. USDA/APHIS or Canadian Import Permit, UK Government Sign-Off, Flights UK to USA or UK to Canada, Customs Inspection, [NO re-shipping allowed to another country once imported] Tank #5 ready for import in early 2023
   h. transport UK to Great Lakes Sire Service, Michigan [USA] or UK to OC Flock Management [Canada], for storage and re-shipping within country for clients
   i. Straws available for Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination [LAI] or Embryo Transfer [ET] of ewes Tank #s 1, 2, 3, 4 all imported into USA
 
Sheep breeders in USA/Canada . . . minimum order = 5 straws/client, $95/straw from ram(s) and select from 30+ United Kingdom breeds. Shop UK Frozen Ram Semen to see individual ram (pictures, pedigrees, data, owners) to add Genetic Diversity into your flock. Plus see below Tank #s 1-6 for number of rams/breeds in various stages of quarantine, blood work, semen collection and/or importation to USA/Canada. All Heritage Sheep Reproduction rams are required to be Codon Scrapie Genotype [ARR/ARR, highest resistance level] and follow Health Protocols for USA, Canada and European Union.
Tank #1 (ram semen) = straws imported 10 Nov 2021 to USA [7 rams] = 2 Bluefaced Leicester, 1 Clun Forest, 1 Kerry Hill, 1 Teeswater, 2 Wensleydale (white)
Tank #2 (ram semen) = straws imported 21 June 2022 to USA [9 rams] = 3 Herdwick, 3 Shetland, 2 Wensleydale (black), 1 Zwartbles
Tank #3 (ram semen) = straws imported 27 Oct 2022 to USA [12 rams] = 1 Bleu du Maine, 1 Dorset (Polled), 4 Kerry Hill, 1 Suffolk, 1 Teeswater, 2 Texel, 2 Zwartbles
Tank #4 (ram semen) = straws imported 15 Nov 2022 to USA [7 rams] = 3 Teeswater, 4 North Country Cheviot (Park type)
Tank #5 (ram semen) = straws imported ~Feb 2023 USA [7 rams]  = 1 Ile de France, 1 Kerry Hill, 1 North Country Cheviot [Park type], 3 Shetland, 1 Zwartbles
Tank #6 (embryos) = ET embryos imported ~March 2023 [1 breed with 2 flushes] = Kerry Hill
Tank #7 (ram semen) = currently sourcing ARR/ARR rams for March/April 2023 start of 120-day quarantine, straws imported Fall 2023 [20 rams] = 2 Clun Forest, 2 Cotswold, 2 Dutch Spotted, 2 Kerry Hill, 4 North Country Cheviot (Park type), 2 South Country Cheviot (Polled), 2 Southdown, 2 Wensleydale, 2 Zwartbles
Tank #8 (embryos) = ET embryos imported Fall 2023 [6 breeds] = Dutch Spotted, Herdwick, North Country Cheviot (Park Type), Teeswater, Wensleydale, Zwartbles 
 
NEW NEWS:
14 Jan 2023 — UK/AI Centre is sourcing/testing rams for Codon Scrapie Genotype ARR/ARR [frozen ram semen & sire of embryos] and Embryo Transfer donor ewes [frozen sheep embryos]. Importations during Fall 2023.
1 Jan 2023 — 1st Kerry Hill Embryo Transfer flush produced = 30 frozen embryos. Resulted from 5 donor ewes and 3 rams [Marlbrook, Nidderdale Jim, Whitfield Barracuda]. 2nd Kerry Hill Flush will include new ram Carpenters Ace.
25 Dec 2022 [XMAS] — Check out over 5,000 straws in Tank #s 1,2,3,4,5 [breeds listed above], Tank #s 1-4 imported, Tank #5 ready for import
1 Dec 2022 via USDA/APHIS"Effective immediately, sheep and goat in-vivo embryos and oocytes from the United Kingdom of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) and Northern Ireland will be eligible for import into the United States. Importation of such commodities is only permitted for direct transfer to recipient females in U.S. flocks or herds listed in the National Scrapie Database, or to an Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)-approved embryo storage facility where they may be kept until transfer to the aforementioned recipient females."
15 Nov 2022 [Tank #4] IMPORTED — "awesome" news to report, Liquid Nitrogen tank cleared USDA/APHIS Customs Inspection and UK frozen ram semen from = 7 rams arrived at Great Lakes Sire Service, Bronson, Michigan for semen storage and/or reshipping in USA
7 Nov 2022 — UK Government now allowing Export of Frozen Sheep Embryos from England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland to the USA
27 Oct 2022 [Tank #3] IMPORTED — "brilliant" news to report, Liquid Nitrogen tank cleared USDA/APHIS Customs Inspection and UK frozen ram semen from = 12 rams arrived at Great Lakes Sire Service, Bronson, Michigan for semen storage and/or reshipping in USA
9-14 August 2022 — posted 6 NEW rams to "Shop": 1 Bleu Du Maine, 1 Dorset (Polled), 1 Southdown, 1 Suffolk, 2 Texel
21 June 2022 [Tank #2] IMPORTED — Absolutely "delighted" to report Liquid Nitrogen tank cleared USDA/APHIS Customs Inspection and UK frozen ram semen from = 9 rams arrived at Great Lakes Sire Service, Bronson, Michigan for semen storage and/or reshipping in USA
10 Nov 2021 [Tank #1] IMPORTED — Beyond "thrilled" to report Liquid Nitrogen tank cleared USDA/APHIS Customs Inspection and UK frozen ram semen from = 7 rams arrived at Great Lakes Sire Service, Bronson, Michigan for semen storage and/or reshipping in USA

UK Ram Sharing Program . . . Heritage Sheep Reproduction (USA) and OC Flock Management (Canada) have teamed up to share rams at the UK/AI Center in order to make it more feasible to bring new Sheep Genetic Diversity to this side of the pond. Rams fulfill requirements for both, but tanks shipped separately (UK to USA) & (UK to Canada) as no reshipping allowed to other countries:
   a. Same UK rams - both USA & Canadian Health Protocols fulfilled
   b. UK to USA - fill out INTEREST FORM / ORDER FORM at the bottom of this page (include your address & add UK to USA)
   c. UK to Canada - fill out INTEREST FORM / ORDER FORM at the bottom of this page (include your address & add UK to CANADA), PLUS also click and fill out ORDER FORM for OC Flock Management https://keap.app/contact-us/7483913911489717
   d. Interest Forms are automatically delivered to both Heritage Sheep Reproduction, USA and the OC Flock Management, Canada for an accurate straw order count
 
USA/Canada Breed Coordinators available to help you with any questions:
Interest Form & Order Form data is necessary for liaising with USA/Canada/UK breeders and breed societies to source rams and ensure a smooth flow of information. Genetic Diversity is a PRIORITY with Rare Heritage Breeds. When multiple rams are ordered within the same breed, every effort will be made to assure that each sheep breeder receives their correct percentage of the different blood lines. Contact your Sheep Breed Coordinator if questions:
• USA/Canada All Other Breeds, Deb Nelson Gourley, owner, Heritage Sheep Reproduction, phone 563-568-6229, gourleydeb@gmail.com or submit form below
• USA/Canada Bluefaced Leicester Breed Coordinator, Margaret VanCamp, mavaca@usol.com
• USA/Canada North Country Cheviot [Park type] Co-Coordinator, Martin Macqueen, macqueen@tds.net
• USA/Canada North Country Cheviot [Park type] Co-Coordinator, Steve Stone, stoneclydes@aol.com
• USA/Canada Shetland Breed Coordinator, Amy Rappuhn, lindenlanefarm@yahoo.com
• USA/Canada Teeswater Breed Coordinator, Cindy Cieciwa, pitchfork3772@gmail.com
• USA/Canada Wensleydale Breed Coordinator, Cory Simpson, rossfork3@gmail.com

Ram & Tanks Timetables — ram selection, pre-screening, quarantine, semen collection, post collection quarantine, tank shipment:
• pre-screening of rams for semen collection, including Codon (blood tested Scrapie Genotype ARR/ARR) if not already tested
• rams selection is finalized, #rams (head count) is determined via 100 straws/ram minimum, basis of 3-part payment
• see Heritage Sheep Reproduction LINKS for USDA/APHIS Health Protocol and National Scrapie Eradication Program. Rams full-fill Health Protocols for USA, Canada and European Union (EU).
• rams enter 120-day quarantine facility, bloodwork including Brucellosis, Maedi-Visna (MV), Schmallenberg virus (SBV), Tuberculosis (TB)
• during these 4 months after the 1st payment by clients, #straws requested "CAN NOT" be reduced, but they "CAN" be increased up to the start of semen collection
• "mother nature" ultimately determines the maximum #straws per ram
• quarantine finished and actual ram semen collection starts [total # straws collected is based on combined orders for USA and Canada]
• 30-day post-collection quarantine and final bloodwork

• tank shipped to USA, check with OCFM for Canada arrival dates

30/30/40 Payment Schedule [with built-in client protection of any failure at key points of the process]:
• all payments by check only for a money wire to the UK/AI Center [no credit cards & no PayPal]
• orders are subject to USDA/APHIS and Canadian Health Protocol bloodwork and "mother nature" ram semen quality
• 30% payable when invoiced (before or after rams enter 120-day quarantine), this will be returnable "up to" the event of failure MINUS UK/AI Center costs for tests (includes vet fees, bloodwork, quarantine) + any additional Codon & DNA prorated/straw testing fees
• 30% payable before rams moved from quarantine to semen collection center, this will be returnable "up to" the event of failure MINUS UK/AI Center costs for tests (includes vet fees, bloodwork, quarantine)
• 40% payable at pre-shipping, this will be returnable "up to" the event of failure MINUS UK/AI Center costs
• UK/AI Center: Failure for us to provide the semen for any fertility/health reasons will not represent a breach of contract and all reasonable costs "up to" the point of the individual failure will be payable by you [the clients] as described already in the above.

UK to USA (in American dollar) purchases of frozen ram semen per straw from Heritage Sheep Reproduction, Waukon, Iowa:
• $95.00 per straw estimated cost delivered to USA (+ surcharge based on per straws purchased if any cost overrun)
To order semen please submit the INTEREST FORM below for Heritage Sheep Reproduction
• per straw cost includes payment to the ram owner, ram quarantine, veterinary fees, bloodwork [except Codon & DNA], tests, semen collection, tank(s), customs inspection, shipment(s), insurance
• per straw cost includes $5.00/straw to defray Heritage Sheep Reproduction import permit, e-commerce website and incredible amount of paperwork
• if Codon (blood tested Scrapie Genotype ARR/ARR) is not known, this is an additional expense for the USA breeder, pro-rated per straw purchased
• if DNA Profile is required by your USA breed association, i.e., Kerry Hill, Herdwick, Wensleydale, this is an additional expense for the USA breeder, pro-rated per straw purchased
• 1 straw per ewe needed for Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination
• 5 straws per client minimum order (can be from multiple rams and breeds)
• 100 straws per individual ram minimum, before entering UK ram semen quarantine and collection center (can be from multiple clients in both the USA and Canada)
• UK frozen ram semen can be purchased now, but sheep breeders must be enrolled in the USDA/APHIS National Scrapie Eradication Program before distribution and usage is allowed (see LINKS)
• as per USDA/APHIS, UK frozen ram semen imported into the USA can not be reshipped to Canada or any other country
• UK tank(s) shipped to Veterinary controlled location agreed upon by Heritage Sheep Reproduction and USA Sheep Breed Coordinators
• reshipment costs within the USA and/or long-term cryopreservation are the responsibility of the client(s)a

UK to Canada (in Canadian dollar) purchases of frozen ram semen per straw from OC Flock Management, Alberta, Canada
• All purchases for Canada will be managed directly by OC Flock Management in Alberta
• All purchases will be invoiced by and payments will be made to OC Flock in Canadian dollars
To order semen please submit an ORDER FORM for OC Flock Management https://keap.app/contact-us/7483913911489717
• $100.00 CANADIAN per straw + approximately $10.00-15.00 CANADIAN per straw to cover the cost of tanks, freight, insurance, import fees and inspection on arrival in Canada. GST is paid on entry at 5% of the declared value or approximately $5.00/straw. The exact value in $CAD is determined from the exchange rate on the GBP on the day of arrival in Canada
 per straw cost includes payment to the ram owner, ram quarantine, veterinary fees, bloodwork, tests, semen collection
 per straw cost includes $5.00 USD/straw to defray Heritage Sheep Reproduction for the e-commerce website and incredible amount of time and legwork to make this opportunity possible for the smaller Canadian industry
 exact amount of import costs and GST will be determined on a per straw basis after arrival in Canada 
• DNA Profile is required by CSBA/CLRC for ALL imported semen and will be included in the import costs, pro-rated per straw purchased per ram
• 1 straw per ewe needed for Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination
• 5 straws per client minimum order (can be from multiple rams and breeds)
• 100 straws per individual ram minimum, before entering UK ram semen quarantine and collection center (can be from multiple clients in both the USA and Canada)
• UK semen to Canada can be used in any flock with no restrictions
• as per CFIA, UK frozen ram semen imported into the Canada cannot be reshipped to the USA or any other country
• UK tank(s) will be shipped to OC Flock Management in Alberta
• reshipment costs within Canada and/or long-term storage with OC Flock are the responsibility of the client(s)
 
USDA/APHIS Regulations for Sheep and Goat Importations into the USA:
• live animals - ONLY from Australia, New Zealand
• frozen semen - ONLY from Australia, Canada, European Union & United Kingdom (UK), Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand
• frozen embryos - ONLY from Australia, New Zealand