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The infectome of NSW dairy calves, a genomic microbial surveillance

Project Member(s): Bogema, D., Djordjevic, S., Brito Rodriguez, B.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
STRATEGIC BOVINE SERVICES PTY LTD (Strategic Bovine Services Linkage Grant)
Department of Regional NSW
Department of Regional NSW

Start year: 2023

Summary: Infectious diseases are the main cause of disease and mortality in calves. The knowledge of the diversity of infectious disease-causing agents in NSW dairy cattle is not comprehensive. Thus, the immediate goal of this proposal is to redress this knowledge gap using untargeted microbial genomic sequencing to characterise and identify known and emerging enteric and respiratory pathogens in dairy calves. We will determine the occurrence and distribution of their microbial species across all NSW dairy regions. This will enable the Australian dairy industry to improve animal health and productivity, and diagnostic capacity, which will allow farmers to make informed management decisions about disease control strategies.

FOR Codes: Microbial genetics , Veterinary epidemiology, AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES, Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences, Veterinary diagnostics, Disease distribution and transmission (incl. surveillance and response)