Funny how the sheep world works. I'm in Utah for work. Two hours ago I was sitting at Glen Erickson's kitchen table and I began asking him questions pertaining to this thread. He said, is Darroll Grant on that forum you speak of??
He also mentioned he had done same AI with Oogie.
Darroll, I need to clarify my earlier statement. The 250 mil straws SHOULD cost 5x the 50 mil straw. It took Glen 5x the ejaculates and 5x the time (actually more than 5x because of the extender challenges) to put up an equivilent amount of 250 mil straws as 50 mil straws.
Now, Glen's realistic and realizes he can't charge 5x. Frankly, we haven't figured out the costs for the extra special semen collection project (he also got federal approval to export to EU and Norway for this scenario). They will surely be more than we thought in the onset, but also won't be a true represenation of Glen's time put into the project. I would like to think we are much smarter coming out of the experience than we were going in!
Oogie, thanks for the additional information. I will do my best to come up with the pre-cervical deposit protocol my friend will use in Norway. I think there is a lot of value in a pre-cervical (minimally invasive) technique if the success rate is cost effective.
As an FYI, Glen confirmed my recollection that repeated trans-cervical AI on the same ewe in successive seasons is increasingly less successful. But he qualified that saying others have had different experiences and will debate him on that.