Livestock disease research projects get £4m

A £4m funding boost has been awarded to leading UK institutions for projects to improve the health and welfare of livestock.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s (BBSRC) Animal Health Research Club will fund seven projects which will help understand various diseases in sheep, pigs, cattle and poultry.

Projects include work to combat costly livestock diseases such as bovine TB, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and mastitis, create safer vaccines, breed healthier livestock and investigate immune system interactions.

The projects will take place during the next three years at BBSRC strategically-funded institutions and universities across the country.

Commenting on the announcement, Celia Caulcott BBSRC director of innovation and skills said: “By funding studies that take a broad look at some of the most prevalent and costly livestock diseases, the Animal Health Research Club will be able to deliver results to benefit farmers, animals and consumers.”

The announced projects represent the first of two rounds of funding from the Animal Health Research Club which will award a total £9.5m. The second call for funding will open on 18 October 2013, and close on 11 December 2013.

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