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Vaccine for Bovine Foothill Abortion is Evaluated at ANR Research Facility

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Vaccine for Bovine Foothill Abortion is Evaluated at ANR Research Facility

By Alec Gerry | November 23, 2016

Morning Ag Clips

After more than 60 years of working closely with University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers to identify and learn how to manage a disease that causes the death of up to 90,000 calves annually, ranchers are optimistic that they are on the home stretch  to getting a vaccine that will protect cattle.

Caused by tick-borne bacteria, the disease commonly known as foothill abortion is a leading cause of economic loss for California beef producers. To combat the disease, the California Cattlemen’s Association is sponsoring UC vaccine trials, now in the second year, in commercial herds throughout California, Nevada and Oregon, which will facilitate commercial licensing of the product. At the same time, the UC researchers are continuing studies at the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center to identify the best time to vaccinate and potential side effects of the vaccine on the animals’ health.

Through a 30-year partnership with the cattle industry, UC Davis veterinary immunologist Jeffrey Stott has been leading the effort to identify the organism causing the devastating disease and has successfully developed a live vaccine to protect cows against the disease.

“The vaccine is huge for the industry,” said Tom Talbot, Bishop beef producer and livestock veterinarian. “I don’t think we fully understand the magnitude of the economic loss suffered from aborted calves.”

– See more at: Foothill Abortion

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Pajaroello Tick – http://calag.ucanr.edu/Archive/?article=ca.v068n04p114


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