Individual Genetic Testing:
Individual genetic testing is used to aid in identifying ‘natural worm resistance’ in individual sheep. This desirable genetic trait is a common breeding objective. The information attained via individual testing can be utilised via controlled breeding to lower worm burdens on the property. It is also useful in the introduction of new animals to the flock, to reduce dependence on chemical products, and for quarantine purposes.
Sample groups between 10-20 per mob can be averaged to give an overall analysis of a mobs faecal worm egg count. This is a quick and efficient option for testing which saves on both time and money. The results determine if drenching is necessary, and can also be used post drench to determine the effectiveness of that particular drench on the farm.