USDA Awards Funding for Innovative FMD Protection Measures in U.S. Cattle Herds

USAgNet - 03/17/2023

The USDA has recently awarded funding to support research and development efforts aimed at protecting the U.S. cattle herd from Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). The grant will help advance innovative measures and strategies to prevent and contain FMD outbreaks, which can have devastating economic and social impacts on the livestock industry.

FMD is a highly contagious viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including cattle, pigs, and sheep. It can spread rapidly and cause severe fever, blisters, and lameness, leading to decreased milk and meat production, as well as animal deaths. In addition, FMD can result in trade restrictions and market closures, affecting the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers.

The new funding will support research in several key areas, including the development of new vaccines and diagnostic tools, the improvement of surveillance and biosecurity measures, and the enhancement of emergency response capabilities. The USDA will work closely with industry partners, academic institutions, and government agencies to implement these measures and ensure the protection of the U.S. cattle herd.

In addition to the funding, the USDA will also provide training and technical assistance to producers and veterinarians on FMD prevention and control measures. The goal is to increase awareness and preparedness across the industry and minimize the risk of FMD outbreaks.

Overall, the new grant represents a significant investment in protecting the U.S. cattle herd and the livestock industry as a whole. By advancing innovative measures and strategies to prevent and contain FMD, the USDA is helping to ensure a secure and sustainable future for American agriculture.

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