Building on Parasite Resistance Selection in Sheep

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $14,215.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Coordinator:
Kathy Bielek
Misty Oaks Farm

Annual Reports


  • Animals: sheep


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, genetics, livestock breeding, parasite control

    Proposal summary:

    In this proposal, three producers of Katahdin sheep from three states continue their work on the heritability of parasite resistance. Our focus in this proposal will be to investigate methods of identifying ewes with a reduced periparturient rise, and to compare the fecel egg count of sheep selected for their low fecal egg counts as lambs to determine how it relates to their adult parasite resistance and that of their offspring.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.