Farmers raising genetically flawed sheep seek a cure for Huntington’s disease

By Rosemary Parker

Mike and Heather Ludlam have raised sheep on their farm in Hopkins since 1993, carefully selecting stock to expand their purebred heritage Shetland and Targhee breeds. They have sold breeding stock, lamb, raw fleeces, and rovings all produced on the farm. These days, though, the Ludlams are carefully selecting for a different breed of sheep with a different goal in mind — testing and selecting lambs that bear a recessive gene for a devastating sheep disease.



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