Since 2003 we have operated as a closed MV accredited flock. As a result we have significantly reduced labour costs, by largely eliminating foot rot and greatly reducing our worm problems. The current Serum IgA project referred to above is only one aspect of our overall approach to health and biosecurity.
Selecting Lleyn shearling rams and our female Lleyn shearling replacements with good Serum IgA EBVs is now increasingly possible as this data becomes more robust, and will of course become an increasingly important consideration. The Serum IgA research project that we are currently participating in with other members of the PRLG will provide us with an important management tool with likely major implications for the future. 2022 was the first year that Signet published Serum IgA EBVs for worm resistance. As more data is collected each year it is anticipated that this data will become more robust and become an increasingly important component of any ram purchase. We would be delighted to discuss the data we already have particularly for our stock rams.
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