Grant To Study Udder Disease

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan State University veterinarian has received a $3 million federal grant to continue his research on ways to reduce udder infections in dairy cattle.

The university says the five-year grant will let Ron Erskine continue his work on mastitis. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food is providing the funds.

Mastitis is an infection of a cow's udder and is the most common infectious disease in dairy cattle in North America.

Michigan State says the condition costs $300 to $600 per infection to treat.

The school says that Erskine and his collaborators plan to develop and test a quality milk audit tool and intervention process for dairy operations.

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