The Biological and Biotechnological Research Council, UK (BBSRC) has commissioned an Industrial Partnership Award to study the causes of and potential prevention methods and therapies to treat Sub-Acute Ruminal Acidosis (SARA) in cattle.
SARA is a common, distressing condition that cattle suffer when they consume starchy diets. This BBSRC-funded project is unique in its focus on cattle on-farm rather than under controlled experimental conditions.
The aims are to:
- Understand the microbiology underlying SARA
- Investigate the causes of inflammation
- Find early-detection methods in susceptible animals
- Develop feed additives that prevent the onset of SARA