In October 2007 we began a study in cooperation with Merri Mason, owner of a herd of bighorn sheep that were more or less destined to die from Johne’s disease. Usually this disease kills most animals of the herd by the time they reach 2 years of age. Johne’s disease (pronounced “yo-knees”) is a contagious, chronic, and sometimes fatal infection that affects primarily the small intestine of ruminants. It is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis. Johne’s disease has been reported all around the world in cattle for several decades. Although it has also been reported in sheep for many years, no one is certain of how widespread it is or exactly how much damage it is doing to our sheep industry. BAC is added to the daily feeds of 12 bighorn sheep’s selected amongst the herd of 35 that are affected by Johne’s disease with the purpose of saving the sheep by increasing their overall cellular nutrition, vitality, and immunity. For the purpose of the study the selected sheep are kept apart from the main herd. At the start of evaluation, the herd was already being decimated by Johne’s and the owner was thinking of euthanizing the entire herd as recommended by the veterinarian. Often once a herd is affected, there is no other solution. Read following Merri’s report after 11 months of testing.
“Well finally had a chance to get together this brief testimonial on the effects of BAC on my bighorn sheep. First, I want you to know that I have not had a symptomatic sheep in 9 months. The two rams that were born with symptoms, although undersized, appear to be fine. What first comes to mind is the hair quality. All the lambs on the program from conception have superior hair coats from the last crop. The hair is softer and shinier. The color seems to be intensified as well. I also notice them to be calmer and easier to wean. Horn growth on the 2-3 month old rams comes sooner and with bigger diameter at the base and length overall for that age. Now we know that the symptoms of the disease usually shows up at or just after age two, so we will have to wait on these rams awhile. BUT I have quite a few sheep that have passed their two year birthdays that did not get the algae until they were over a year that seem symptom free. Another interesting factor is that I have two sheep from the original herd that are at least 4 years old, and appear symptom free. Many of the sheep from that herd died from the disease. It seems that there are so many factors to consider with Johne’s. Some are symptomatic, some carriers with no symptoms, etc. I believe the best test will be the two young rams that were born with symptoms, and now appear symptom free. We will know closest to the truth when they are two.
I think this is a good place to start, because the rams that started on your product a year ago are starting to turn two years. All of the sheep coats are thick and colors are intensified. I have also noticed a calmer nature and ease of handling with these normally difficult to handle breeds. During gestation the ewes seem to gain weight almost too rapidly. I often have to cut back on the dosage during this time and lactation or the ewes get too fat and produce too much milk. I no longer have the problem of a ewe’s drastic weight loss due to feeding twins over a three month period. I have also reduced the amount of grain I feed with the same results as the former amount.
So far all are healthy, but the most amazing thing is their horns. I have enclosed a photo of Ramsey and Gunner that have the horn growth of three to four year old rams at barely two years. These rams and the crop behind them also have larger body mass than previous crops with the same bloodline.
Humpfrey and Jackson, two rams born sick out of the sick ewes that died within weeks of deliverin are undersized for their age, but symptom free at this time. They will be a year old in November. They both got bad starts because they were undernourished during development, and the brown one had poor quality milk from the ewe. Humpfrey is a real stinker, hates to be caught, and gets out of everything true to his Mouflon nature. Jackson is totally tame much like a cat. He also likes to ram the cats and steal their food. I feel totally blessed that you both have given me the opportunity to save my herd and demonstrate the benefits of your product. I have actually started thinking that I could sell some of my sheep again without wondering if I am causing grief in someone else’s herd. The frustration I have experienced with turning buyers and breeders away after working on the breeding aspects of this herd for 4 years is difficult to describe. You and the Doctor have given me some hope that at least I can keep my beautiful animals and not have to helplessly watch them die.
Merri Mason, Owner, Bighorn Sheep Farm, Ohio, USA – October 2008 “
At this point in the study, it appears that the goal to save Merri’s sheep, including some of those already infected before the study began, and certainly their offspring’s, may very well be achieved. Meanwhile, the many benefits (underlined in Merri’s letter) observed to date with the sheep, are much of the same that were obtained during the Russian research with several species: calmer mood, shinier hair and coat, larger healthier animal, less feed needed, increased survival rate, prevention of mad cow disease, prevention of various viral or bacterial infections, healthier animal from one generation to the next, prevention of osteoporosis and increase in bone mass, increased fertility, increased protein and good fats in milk, eggs and meat, and many more.
Dr. Michael Kiriac had never worked with bighorn sheep and when asked about the success observed so far, he commented: “When the animal eats BAC which feeds the brain efficiently, the brain organs awaken. The hypothalamus alone is responsible for homeostasis of all body metabolisms, including that of energy. With BAC all metabolisms awaken; assimilation and absorption of nutrients from foods improves, such as protein assimilation and absorption (hence less feed is needed for the sheep), mineral metabolisms, synthesis of proteins and enzymes within cells. When Collagen metabolism becomes more efficient (Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue in animals and the most abundant protein in mammals, making up about 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content), then there is better growth of the animal and stronger and larger horns. In chickens it was larger and stronger eggs; in dairy cows, it was more and better milk with increases in protein and butter fat; in pigs and minks, larger litter; etc.”
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