Novel phages to protect dairy calves against Johne's disease

Project Details

Status: Active
Investment: $274,776
Commodity: Dairy Cattle
Organization: University of Calgary
Investigator: Jeroen De Buck

This work will result in a novel prevention method for a pathogen that is of substantial economic significance to Alberta's producers.

Why is this research important for Alberta ag?

Johne's disease remains a problem on dairy farms around the world; Western Canada has a particularly high prevalence, despite informed management changes and routine diagnostics.

This research is working on a novel vaccine as current vaccines do not protect against infection and interfere with diagnostics. Researchers will investigate the impact of adding mycobacteriophages to colostrum and milk replacer to kill MAP before it infects calves.

What benefits can producers expect from this research?

This work will result in a novel prevention method for a pathogen that is of substantial economic significance to Alberta's producers, with an added benefit of an overall reduction in number of MAP in the farm environment.

How will these research findings reach producers on-farm?

Research findings will be transferred to the research team in the dairy industry, with emphasis on producers and veterinarians. Results will be shared via extension papers, fact sheets, scientific meetings, and peer-reviewed journals.

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