In recent months, Barbara Brito Rodriguez and her team have been busy visiting 20 dairy farms to collect samples from sick and health calves as part of Dairy UP’s P2f project – Infectious diseases. The samples will be analysed to build a genome library of bacteria and viruses responsible for causing disease.
The library will allow earlier detection and treatment of sick calves. It’s just the tip of the iceberg though – they are aiming to work with up to 300 dairy farms.
About Dairy UP
Dairy UP is a collaborative research, development and extension program for the NSW dairy industry. It aims to unlock the potential of pastures, cows, water and milk to increase productivity and profitability, and de-risk the industry and develop new markets.