The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program is offering free Fecal Egg Count (FEC) analysis to assist with selective breeding for resistance to gastrointestinal worms.
Ø National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) members wanting to generate Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) for parasite resistance.
- Free for new NSIP members or current NSIP members that have not been generating EBVs for parasite resistance. We hope to be able to offer a reduced rate for FEC to NSIP members that have previously generated EBVs for parasite resistance.
- Producers must have the ability to obtain and ship fecal samples from their animals once or twice at least 4 weeks apart following NSIP recommendations.
- Fecal egg counts can be conducted for all young stock whose data is being submitted to NSIP for analysis. On a case-by-case basis, FECs will be available for animals in early lactation.
- For more information on the benefits of membership in NSIP please visit nsip.org or contact the NSIP Program Director, Rusty Burgett, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ø Non-NSIP members living in New England, NY, NJ, PA, WV, MD, DE o Have a history of problems with gastrointestinal nematode worms.
- Are FAMACHA certified (online training program is available).
- Are willing to share FAMACHA scores as well as general herd/flock information/history.
- Have the ability to obtain and ship fecal samples from your animals once or twice at least 4 weeks apart.
- To allow us to provide this service to the maximum number of producers we are focusing the FEC testing on young replacement animals. On a case-by-case basis, FECs will be available for animals in early lactation.
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