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Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A project at The University of Queensland, funded by the ARC, is undertaking research aimed at early detection of infectious disease in dairy cows and could save Australian and New Zealand dairy industries millions of dollars.

Professor Murray Mitchell said the risk of death for dairy cows is up to six times greater during the transition from pregnancy to lactation.

During this transition time, Professor Mitchell said “a cow goes from producing no milk to producing milk on a daily basis and they use a lot of energy to accommodate that.”

Professor Mitchell said cows failing to complete the transition costs Australian and New Zealand dairy industries an estimated $300 million and $1 billion respectively each year, a burden he believes can be reduced.

Professor Mitchell said the project shows the value of long term relationships and the linkage between high-end science and the practical needs of the community. 


Media issued by The University of Queensland

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