The Centre d’expertise en production ovine du Québec (CEPOQ) will use the funding to develop new genetic tests to detect resistance to two antiparasitic drugs — fenbendazole and ivermectin. The goal is to better control gastrointestinal parasitic infections among sheep by detecting drug resistance.
“We are very pleased that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada sees sheep production as a suitable area for investment, said Georges Parent, Agr. President of the Centre d’expertise en production ovine du Québec. This project will address a number of the businesses’ technical and economic, animal welfare, responsible drug use and sustainable development concerns.
CEPOQ is a non-profit organization in La Pocatière, Quebec that was created to further research and technology transfer within the sheep industry.