Controlling and eradicating cattle ticks is extremely important to the viability of the cattle industry. Cattle ticks are the most serious external parasite of cattle in Australia. The tick can carry the disease ‘tick fever’, which can kill cattle and has the potential to cause significant economic damage to the beef cattle and dairy industries … Continue reading Cattle Tick
A Genetic Approach to Internal Parasite Control
A recently completed research project led by Dr Peter Honey from Charles Sturt University has demonstrated that resistance to internal parasites can be improved through genetic selection, and it is likely that it is possible to select for greater resistance to internal parasites within a breeding program without compromising other commercially important traits. The research … Continue reading A Genetic Approach to Internal Parasite Control
Inbreeding – Be Alert but not Alarmed!
Inbreeding is basically the mating of animals that are related. Within the pedigree of the mated sire and dam, one or more animals will be in common; resulting in progeny with a certain level of inbreeding. The level of inbreeding will depend on the relationship between the two mated animals. The closer the relationship, the … Continue reading Inbreeding – Be Alert but not Alarmed!