BLOOD SAMPLING IN SHEEP

BY BECKY MITCHELL, MIKE NEARY, AND GERALD KELLY

Scientific advances have helped sheep producers genotype sheep or potential susceptibility to scrapie. They can also determine if the animal is a carrier of the spider lamb gene. To run a DNA test on a sheep, the most common and effective method is to submit a blood sample to the laboratory doing the analysis. Producers can get blood samples drawn by suing an animal health care professional or by learning to perform the task themselves.

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