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merle

a pattern of coat color pigmentation with dark, irregular blotches on a lighter background. Seen in some Collies and Welsh corgis. In shorthaired dogs, e.g. Great Danes and Dachshunds, the similar pattern is called dapple. The trait is sometimes associated with congenital defects such as deafness and heterochromia iridis. In the homozygous state, there are severe ocular defects and deafness.
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AWM director Mark Abrams said: 'The aim of the IATC is to build on UK strengths in agriculture and food technology to meet global needs and the efforts of Blue Merle mean their expertise is now benefiting farmers across the world.
Not only is Blue Merle creating innovative products which are safer for animals and better on the environment but also moving into new markets and diversifying.
Losing the facility had such a catastrophic effect on Blue Merle that it could not trade for almost a full year.
But the foot-and-mouth epidemic of 2001 had such a catastrophic effect that it could not trade for almost a full year due to the closure of the Bakewell Agricultural Market - still an important base for Blue Merle.
Through this programme, Blue Merle identified Poland as a potential new market, due to the inability of Polish farmers to afford expensive pharmaceutical medicines for their animals and the growing worldwide preference for "green" treatments.
Blue Merle's next target market was China, where a UK-based agent representing numerous provincial government veterinary authorities recently started organising shipments of Blue Merle products to authorised distributors in several Chinese provinces.
Amongst these cute canines is three-legged blue merle collie cross Jack who doesn't let his disability phase him.
The pre-sale show was sponsored by animal health company, Blue Merle Ltd, with local representative David Jarman of Llanidloes presenting the awards.
The sale is kindly sponsored by Blue Merle Animal Health Products Ltd c/o Mr Peter Phillips, to the value of pounds 300 product vouchers.