Monday, October 20, 2008

NEGATIVE! Yippee!!

The results came back from the quarantine group that contained the sheep from MFF, PA and Becky Utecht. I'm happy to report that all 10 ewes are negative for CL, OPP and Johne's! I know Suzanne up in AK will be happy to hear the results as we also did Snow Cloud! (she was in that group yet)

I decided to test that group for CL as well. After reading what horrible things it can do to a person's flock, I had to test for it. I also had read online that BFLs are more prone to OPP so was glad to get the girls tested and proven that they are indeed negative for it. All new animals will be tested from here on out!

The lambs from this year will be tested for CL and OPP after they turn 6 months old (the soonest you can test for it)

I can now sleep again, resting assured that my animals are negative from these terrible infectious diseases


coopercreek said...

Congratulations!! Also, congrats on the Reserve Champion in the previous post. :-))

Rayna said...

Awesome! :)

Somerhill said...

Hi Garrett!
My BFLs have tested negative for OPP since 1999 - congrats on your clean flock.
Out of curiousity, where are you reading that BFLs are more prone to it? I'd like to see the info.

Garrett808 said...

Hi Lisa. The link actually says Border Leicesters, but the BFL did come from the Border.

Becky Utecht said...

A sigh of relief here at River Oaks too Garrett. LOL. I really didn't think we'd have any of those diseases, but it's nice to hear the test results. Have you read the Pipestone Vets article on OPP? I'm not sure OPP is that much to worry about, especially if you've got old ewes raising up their lambs without any milk production problems and keep a closed ewe flock. Testing incoming stock is a great idea though.
Congratulations and best wishes with the AI this fall.

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

YAY!!!!!! I reading blogs today and I am SO happy everyone came back negative!! WOOHOO! Ok, so we can trade sheep from now until eternity knowing we've both got clean clean clean flocks - yay!!! Here's to good husbandry, healthy sheep, and happy shepherds!

Guess where I'll be next week?? Can you say UK????? HEHEHE!!!!

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