In October 2007, we began a study in cooperation with Merri, the owner of a herd of bighorn sheep that were destined to die from Johne’s disease. When this disease affects a herd, it usually kills the sheep before they reach the age of two. BAC, provided by BioSuperaliment Inc., is being evaluated in regards to its effects on twelve bighorn sheep selected amongst the herd of thirty-five that are affected by Johne’s disease.
Johne’s disease (pronounced “yonee’s”) is a disease of ruminants characterized by wasting and terminally, by diarrhea. 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 being incorporated into the daily feed of the selected sheep with the purpose of improving overall cellular nutrition, and increasing vitality and immunity. For the purpose of the study, the selected sheep are being kept apart from the main herd. At the start of the 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. Once a herd is affected, there is often no other solution.
Merri’s First Report After Six Months – March 2008
BIGHORN SHEEP FARM
This is a report from Merri, the loving owner of a herd of sheep that suffer from a deadly bacteria that perniciously lodges itself in the digestive tracks and typically kills the animal after approximately two years of life. We are conducting a study and hoping to save the herd using Bio-Algae Concentrates. We started the research with some of the older animals and we are watching for positive results. But better results are expected from the newborn lambs of parents that had already been taking BAC. We are hopeful that these new lambs will live at least “much” longer, or live their “full” lives. The report that follows is the first set of observations from the newborn lambs.
“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.“
Merri’s Second Report After Eleven Months – October 2008
Find next, in Merri’s own words, the summary of results after the first eleven months.
BIGHORN SHEEP FARM
Hello Roland and Dr. Kiriac. Well, I finally had a chance to get this together. A brief testimonial on the effects of BAC on my bighorn sheep.
Now we know that the symptoms of the disease usually show 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. I have my fingers crossed on this, as two of my very best rams are becoming two soon. They look great, but I know they can go down quickly so this is no indication they are not affected. One of these rams’ father died of the disease, and the other lost both parents, so it will be interesting to see what happens.
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 who started on your product a year ago are starting to turn two.
These rams and the crop behind them also have larger body mass than previous crops with the same bloodline. 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 an 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.
See the photos of Humpfrey and Jackson, two rams born sick out of the sick ewes that died within weeks of delivering. Jackson the black one was bottle fed with algae added to milk. His mother had algae from start of the program, but I believe was sick but not symptomatic for two years prior. Humpfrey, the brown one, nursed from his mother who ate algae but died after two months; she was also sick but not symptomatic for two years prior. Both rams 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.
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.
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The ultimate intent of this study is to save Merri’s sheep, including as many as possible of those already infected before the study began, and certainly their offspring. At this time, it appears that this goal will be realized. We will report back.
In the mean time, the many benefits (UNDERLINED IN MERRI’S TEXT ABOVE) that Merri has observed with her sheep are very much the same as those demonstrated with several species during the Russian research. Benefits such as :
- calmer mood
- shinier hair and coats
- larger and healthier animals
- less feed needed
- increased survival rate
- prevention of mad cow disease
- prevention of various viral or bacterial infections
- healthier animals 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 before and when asked about the successes observed so far, he commented on the larger horns:
“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, then all metabolisms awaken; assimilation and absorption of nutrients from foods, 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 is 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 as in larger animal, and as in 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.”