New, multi-pathogen test being developed for beef cattle

Work is underway to create a new multi-pathogen test for respiratory and enteric diseases, the most common and costly diseases in beef cattle.

Both involve several viruses and bacteria, but current tests only target a single pathogen at a time. Checkoff dollars and funding from the beef science cluster are being used to develop two automated assays for simultaneous detection of pathogens relevant to both respiratory and enteric diseases.

This will significantly reduce cost, labour, and time for testing, and enhance biosecurity.

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