Ensure mouth is in good condition with no loose or broken teeth.
Examine for overgrown or deformed toes, cracks, impacted dirt, separation of wall and sole, pink colour of interdigital skin or swellings that may indicate toe or foot abscess. Trim feet if necessary but be careful not to cut too deep i.e. do not draw blood.
This means the pizzle or penis. With the ram sitting on its hindquarters, the penis can be gently everted from the prepuce and examined. Check there is no swelling or scarring of the penis and that the urethral process is intact. Also check the prepuce for swelling or discharge that may indicate infection or trauma.
Using both hands grasp the testes and move them up and down in the scrotum. Any restriction of free movement indicates adhesions which form after trauma or infection. The testes should feel spongy and firm but springy like a solid rubber ball. The tail, body and head of the epididymis on both sides should be palpated to feel for any lumps or swelling that would indicate infection.
Should be completed at least 6 weeks prior to mating. Lice treatment should be given immediately after shearing and rams kept away from other mobs. Rams can work well in wool, but a heavy fleece (especially if wet) can decrease their ability to walk and work.