BBSRC logoThe 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