Future proof farming + improve profitability
Drench resistance –
a growing problem
Finding new and better ways for farmers to manage parasites is a growing need. Globally, parasites are becoming increasingly resistant to drench actives and no new drench actives are on the horizon. Furthermore, major supermarket chains are concerned about the security of their supply chains and consumers are demanding fewer chemicals in their meat.
Breeding for parasite resistance is a logical response to this growing issue, as parasite resistance is a heritable trait that can be introduced into a flock relatively quickly.
“Genetics play a key role in reducing reliance on drench and sustainable management of the current products.”
Kate Broadbent, Nikau
Look after your lambs
Animals bred for parasite resistance prevent the establishment and growth of parasites in their gut. Less parasites in the gut means fewer eggs are shed on pasture, protecting your younger more vulnerable stock.
Less time and cost drenching
There is also growing awareness amongst farmers – terminal and maternal ones alike – that they can reduce drench costs and time and effort spent drenching their animals by improving the levels of parasite resistance in their flock.
Extending the life of effective drenches
Increasing natural levels of parasite resistance also helps farmers extend the useful life of drench actives that are currently effective at killing parasites in animals on their property.
Breeding for parasite resistance traits is a sustainable way to future proof New Zealand farms from drench resistance, improve farm profitability and improve the quality of your breeding stock and flock.
“We decreased the need for drenching so much that no flock ewes were drenched in 2017 and our rams for sale in 2018 received only 1 drench in their life.”
Peter Moore, Moutere Downs