We work closely with sheep breeders and agricultural research organisations such as AgResearch in New Zealand. The WormFEC certification has been developed over many years in collaboration with AgResearch and a group of elite breeders. It enables breeders to show on a scale the degree of their animals’ parasite resistance. PhenR is about breeding animals to require less drenching to slow the development of anthelmintic resistance.
Ideally, when the animals are between 7-9 months of age as they will express (show) a high level of genetic heritability at this age. However, younger animals that weigh over 25 kg can be tested if required before breeding decisions are made.
Genetic testing with PhenR is quicker and easier than ever before. Only one sample per animal is required. New EID technology and FECPAKG2 makes the service more efficient and effective.
PhenR increases the value of rams by showing that their offspring will be naturally resistant to parasites reducing drench use on properties.
Naturally resistant animals save farmers time by not needing to drench as many animals and money on their drench bill. There are PhenR clients who do not need to drench their flock at all. In an industry reliant on drench and where drench is a major farm cost, this is an amazing achievement.
PhenR also enables farmers to identify and cull susceptible animals – the main culprits contaminating your pasture.
The best way to prevent anthelmintic resistance is to breed animals that do not need drenching. This minimises the spread of drench resistance and promotes long term sustainability.
Major supermarket chains such as Sainsbury’s in the United Kingdom are increasingly concerned about how the rise of drench resistance is going to impact on the long-term viability of their farm suppliers. Breeding for resistance with PhenR is the ultimate solution.
Consumers are taking an ever more proactive stance against purchasing products containing chemicals. Breeding for resistance helps to reduce chemical use in red meat and enables products to be sold as chemical free, increasing their value.
Simple to use from virtually anywhere, FECPAKG2 enables you to treat the right animals at the right time with the right treatment.
Regular faecal egg count (FEC) testing with FECPAKG2 enables you and your vet to improve the health and performance of your horses.
FECPAKG2 modernises the traditional microscope-based parasite testing method by replacing it with a fully auditable, image based diagnostic platform.