FEGold
FEGold

Our Mission

Our goal is to produce a brand that protects the investment that sheep breeders have made into facial eczema (FE) while providing greater clarity to the ram buyer in regard to facial eczema genetics.

Our Objectives:

  • Promote breeders of elite FE-tolerant rams
  • Raise awareness amongst ram buyers of the value of buying from ‘FE Gold’ breeders
  • Establish and maintain a website containing information on FE and ‘FE Gold’ breeders
  • Encourage other sheep breeders to work towards accreditation
  • Produce an annual article promoting ‘FE Gold’ breeders, for publication in a farming magazine
  • To breed healthier sheep stocks which will enhance the clean green reputation of New Zealand

Questions to ask your Ram Breeder

  • How long have you being testing for FE?
  • What dose rate are you testing at?
  • Can I please see your Ramguard certificate?
    • The important information is
      • Number of years testing
      • Dose rate
      • Number of rams tested

The COSTS of facial eczema

If there was a decrease in scanning of 20% in a 2000 ewe flock this simple maths would suggest

  • 400 less lambs at $80 each equates to a $32,000 loss

To read the full article by veterinarian Richard Atkinson about FE and what is costs sheep farmers click here

Steering Committee

Russell Proffit (Chair)
07 877 8977 - 027 355 2927

Kate Broadbent
09 233 3230

Alastair Reeves
07 825 4925

Ross Alexander
07 883 4780 - 027 222 0247

Murray Sargent
07 882 8899

Gemma Hain
06 867 8097

Neville Amyes (Ramguard, AgResearch)
07 838 5421 - 029 838 5259


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