Fleece rot is a bacterial exudative dermatitis in sheep (Burrell, 1988) which occurs when the skin has been con-tinuously wet for 4 - 9 days. It is a major predisposing factor to the incidence of bodystrike - a form of flystrike -with a high genetic correlation of 0.9 (Atkins and McGuirk, 1979). This trial investigated the possibility of using fleece colour characteristics to predict the incidence of fleece rot in sheep.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 57, , 83, 1997
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