Current scientific work
We are currently working with scientists at Invermay – out of Dunedin – by providing them with tissue samples for their DNA work, which involves identifying specific genes. We are also providing Lincoln University with blood samples from our ram lambs along with details of data of our FEC work in breeding for worm resistance. This has been an ongoing programme for many years. Once again, they are looking for specific genes. Our work in increasing FE tolerance and increasing the level of worm resistance continues.
This year – 2012 – we are working with a local vet to see if the boosting of calcium and magnesium levels in ewes during late pregnancy will reduce the number of ewes with vaginal prolapse (bearing trouble). We believe that bearing trouble is the result of inadequate levels of these elements in the pasture.
Read some Scientist's comments about Kikitangeo Romney Stud.