New Zealand Dog News

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April 21, 2006

Parasite detector eyed after dog sniffs out infested sheep

An Australian dog has been trained to smell sheep droppings to tell which sheep have parasitic worms.

Australian researchers said the German shepherd dog's skills will be used to develop an electronic handheld "sniffer" device to detect gastrointestinal nematodes in sheep.
Reliable parasite detectors could save sheep farmers millions of dollars a year, agricultural scientists at Melbourne's La Trobe University told the ABC.

Internal parasites are a constant headache for sheep farmers because they can interfere with a sheep's wool and meat growth, and make the animal weak and susceptible to other diseases. They can even kill. MORE>>

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