The article from Farmer’s Weekly highlights the high cost of infectious disease to the rural sector. The flipside of this, Professor Griffin says, is a high return for investment in intervention.
Decades of research by Professor Griffin and the Disease Research Lab has focused on Johnes diagnostics, predominantly in deer due to the availability of an effective model, but the dairy industry is where research results offer the most valuable application.
Professor Griffin believes that, increasingly, more than just milk price will be factored into the value of New Zealand’s dairy industry. Environmental impact and animal health costs are both critical variables in the farming profitability equation.
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