The following link gives a good summary of the research that PRLB is doing with worm resistance - http://www.signetfbc.co.uk/eblex-farm-innovation-grant-funds-trial-of-novel-sheep-worm-resistance-detection-method/
After saliva swabbing and FEC sampling over 3,000 lambs a year for the past 2 years the Performance Recorded Lleyn Breeders (PRLB) have been successful in obtaining a Farm Innovation Grant which will be used to develope an IgA EBV. It is hoped this new EBV will be displayed on the BASCO website by the atumn.
An application for a Euopean Innovation Partnership grant has just been submitted and if successful will be used for extra trial work in relation to the saliva test.
Great news!… this week as we learnt that our application for an EBLEX Farm Innovation Grant has been successful. Performance Recorded Lleyn Breeders (PRLB) are going to trial a new test designed to identify individual breeding animals with improved genetic resistance to roundworms.
Research by Professor Mike Stear at Glasgow Veterinary School has shown that the detection of the levels of an anti-parasitic antibody is a better indicator of resistance to worm infection than Faecal Egg Counts (FEC). This has led him to develop a saliva test for the antibody. The test also has several practical advantages over FEC as it is easier to carry out, cheaper and unaffected by the use of drenches or pour-ons.
With the help of the Farm Innovation Grant, PRLB are going to work with Professor Stear and independent sheep consultant Dr Catherine Nakielny to carry out several thousand tests on members lambs this summer. This will act as an important intermediary step between the completed research phase and the development of a full commercial test.
Breeding for parasite resistance has been identified as a key aim of our group and we are excited to be involved with this important new development at such an early stage.
The Lleyn SireReference Group held their annual selection day at Worcester market on 30th September. 7 members bought high indexed ram lambs to the market to be judged on breed type and performance figures. The results were as follows:
1st Ram lamb from Marilyn Hendy, Somerset.
2nd Ram lamb from Humphrey Mills, Essex
3rd Ram lamb from Jim Dufosee, Wiltshire
After the judging, members were able to hire a ram lamb off each other to put to a maximum of 25 ewes this season. The great benefit of this is that a member is able to have the use of a ram lamb with high performance figures at a greatly reduced price than if they had to purchase one at the sales. They are able to access superior genetics and become better connected with each others flocks.
Carol Davis, sheep specialist with Signet Breeding Services was present throughout the day to assist with the judging and to inform members of future developments to performance recording within Signet.