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Dogs sniff out flystrike-resistant sheep

from the DAWFA Mt Barker Breech Strike Resistance Newsletter Issue 6

It appears that odour from sheep plays an important role in attracting or repelling blowflies. DAFWA work with sniffer dogs trained by Hanrob Dog Academy in Sydney, has clearly shown that dogs can differentiate very successfully between wool from resistant and susceptible lines (from sheep that have not been struck for at least 18 months). AWI is currently funding an in-depth investigation into the chemical compounds that cause the differences in odour with the University of Western Australia.

Animals from the breech strike flock at Mt Barker in Western Australia are being used in this study, but this work will later also include animals from the breech strike flock at Chiswick in Armidale, NSW. The odour project is only in its initial stage but encouraging results have been found which support the outcomes found with the sniffer dogs and the likely potential for a commercial outcome for woolgrowers. 

>>Read the full article. (Go to page 2: Odour Research—Sniffer Dogs)


Hanrob Dog Academy Chief Dog Trainer, Wayne Grewar training one of the dogs used in the odour study. Source: DAWFA Mt Barker Breech Strike Resistance Newsletter Issue 6
Hanrob Dog Academy Chief Dog Trainer, Wayne Grewar training one of the dogs used in the odour study. Source: DAWFA Mt Barker Breech Strike Resistance Newsletter Issue 6