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VIDO to develop vaccines against TB and Johne’s

The hunt is on for new vaccines that would protect cattle and bison against bovine TB and Johne’s disease. The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) has developed a number of vaccines since its founding 40 years ago. The University of Saskatchewan-based centre has now been given $2.9 million from Genome Canada […] Read more

Anthrax can be a threat to bison, cattle, sheep and goats during drier years, says veterinarian Kent Weir.

Anthrax warning issued after two bison die near North Battleford

There is a greater risk of anthrax in dry conditions and 
a sudden unexplained death is the key warning sign

Authorities are warning that the anthrax danger is higher after two bison northwest of North Battleford, Sask. recently died after contracting the highly contagious disease. “Whenever we have drier summers, anthrax is always a higher risk,” said Dr. Kent Weir, associate veterinarian with Weir Veterinary services in Lloydminster. Anthrax spores can survive for decades in […] Read more






E. coli vaccine not effective in feedlot cattle

Study at two commercial feedlots finds minimal reduction of E. coli 0157

A study of a vaccine for controlling E. coli 0157 in the feces of feedlot cattle has found it was not effective. The study was conducted with cattle from two commercial feedlots to evaluate to see if the vaccine would reduce the number of E. coli 0157 shed in cattle feces. If the cattle carried […] Read more


There are combination vaccines that protect cows against IBR, as well as diseases such as BVD, 
with just one vaccination.

Highly contagious IBR on the rise in cow herds

Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis causes abortions and leads to massive losses in a naive cow herd

Sooner or later folks say, everything old is new again. In the case of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), that is not what a cattle producer wants to hear. “We are seeing IBR raising its head again in cow herds,” says Dr. Cec Ruschkowski of Oyen Veterinary Clinic. The disease is often viewed as a feedlot […] Read more

Iowa company develops vaccine for PEDv

Harrisvaccines working with USDA to obtain a conditional licence

An Iowa animal pharmaceutical company has shipped about 770,000 doses of a new vaccine that treats a deadly swine virus first detected in U.S. herds this year and has spread to 20 states, a company official said in an interview. Harrisvaccines, based in Ames, Iowa, developed the vaccine called “iPED” in August to fight porcine […] Read more