ODT/NZPA: New parasitic test to help sheep breeders

AgResearch has developed a new parasite test for sheep which will allow breeders to test their stock faster, more easily and more accurately.

The test (which tests saliva) checks the levels of an antibody, CARLATM, which sheep produce to fight parasite infection.

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“A three-strong sampling team could process more than 120 animals an hour.

“The CARLATM antibody is naturally produced by the sheep’s immune system to protect against parasite infection, and the saliva test checks antibody levels.

“Identifying sheep which had these natural antibodies meant breeders could selectively breed, AgResearch animal health section senior scientist Richard Shaw said.

“”This new technology will generate significant returns for sheep farmers countrywide.”