Breeding For Parasite Resistance

Breeding for parasite resistance has been a very enjoyable part of breeding with Katahdins, they have such great potential as far as parasite resistance goes. Everybody has their own way of doing things, this is how we do things, it works for us in our management system (100% perennial pastures during spring,summer and fall and hay in winter, no creep feed and no grain for anyone ). Evaluating the lambs start with a fecal sample, but not just any sample. Taking fecal samples from the lambs when there’s no parasite load tells you nothing about the parasite resistance of the lambs, the samples need to be taken when there is a high enough parasite load in order to distinguish the good ones from