Cattle ticked off with new research

Australian scientists believe they may be a step closer to finding a cattle tick vaccine that could save the national cattle and dairy industries approximately $175 million per annum and reduce the need for pesticides.

Using a novel science that has not been carried out anywhere else in the world, researchers have pinpointed tick vaccine antigens that will enable cattle to resist tick infestations. The vaccine antigens produce a bovine immune response that interferes with tick attachment and feeding (reducing tick numbers by up to 60%) and also interferes with the ability of surviving ticks to lay eggs.

Read more at The University of Queensland