Research

Sheep farmers show the lead to dairy farmers on a genetic solution to FE

The facial eczema (FE) outbreak this season is a wake-up call.

Many farming in ‘safe’ areas have had a rude shock; even if they did implement prevention systems after FE became evident, they will have been too late as these systems must be in place before a facial eczema challenge.

Sheep farmers have utilised genetics as a tool to prevent FE for 30 years. In that time, AgResearch’s Ramguard service has been providing the sporidesmin toxin responsible for FE to ram breeders who annually challenge their ram hoggets for tolerance. Some of these breeders are now usin…

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CRV Ambreed offers genetic solution to increase FE tolerance in dairy cattle

New Zealand dairy farmers must act now and use the right targeted genetics to breed cattle that are more resilient to facial eczema.

That’s the message from CRV Ambreed’s research and development manager Phil Beatson who believes the dairy industry could learn a great deal from the sheep industry to successfully increase tolerance this debilitating disease long-term.

Facial eczema (FE) is not only harmful for animals, but also incredibly stressful for farmers when their stock is affected.

It is caused by a toxin (sporisdesim) produced by the spores of the fung…

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