Resistance is not Futile: Collaborative Research on Breeding Parasite Resistance in Sheep

Aug 3, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Misty Oaks Farm picture with sheep grazing

Our August speaker is Kathy Bielek from Misty Oaks Farm. The goal at Misty Oaks Farm in Wooster, Ohio, is to produce hardy, healthy, productive, and parasite-resistant Katahdin sheep that thrive in an easy-care, forage-based system. To get there, they have relied on a mix of personal experience and science-based information. With the help of the SARE grant program, other farmers, and advisors from Ohio State and others, as well as tools such as the National Sheep Improvement Program, Kathy has been involved in research to advance parasite resistance over the last 20 years--diving into gene pools, comparing methods of identifying resistant animals, and leading multiple grants. We’ve asked Kathy to share her insight into project management with diverse partners and with developing a long-term research agenda. Learn more about Misty Oaks Farm and their management strategies at

This is a monthly meeting of the Ohio Organic Farmer Researcher Network. Farmers, educators, researchers, and other interested individuals are welcome to join us on the first Thursday of each month to discuss a variety of topics related to organic production research. If you have questions or ideas, please contact one of our group leaders: Denise Natoli Brooks (Central State University), or Cassy Brown (Ohio State). 

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