Feds fund chicken vaccine research

Member of Parliament Brad Trost, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has $275,000 for Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan to undertake a research project on disease control.

A release says the project aims to identify and characterize new variants of the avian reovirus and determine how they are transmitted. It also aims to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) in field trials.

If commercialized, these vaccines could reduce broiler chicken losses and the need for therapeutics by preventing instead of treating these diseases, the release said.

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