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Poultry lab not chicken about developing vaccine for cattle

12/13/2013 at 1:42 p.m.


From Arkansas Business:

Poultry science isn’t just for chickens anymore.

The Poultry Science Lab for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, run by Billy Hargis, has already developed vaccines to battle several diseases in poultry. Now, Hargis says, a pharmaceutical company recently contacted him about producing a vaccine to combat mastitis in cattle. Mastitis is a potentially fatal udder disease in dairy cows.

“Chickens don’t lactate,” Hargis said. “But the concept is the same.”

He said a pharmaceutical company that has licensed the poultry vaccines met with him and representatives from several countries recently to discuss the possibility of developing the mastitis vaccine.

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