Phosphagenics (ASX: POH) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to develop and trial products targeting the serious bacterial infection mastitis in dairy cows.
In the U.S. alone, economic losses resulting from mastitis, which affects 15% of the world’s dairy herd at any given time, are estimated at US$2 billion per annum.
Under the agreement, Phosphagenics and ARS will formulate and evaluate products containing active ingredients in combination with the company’s TPM® delivery technology to enable superior absorption and efficacy.
The products will include the formulation previously trialled by Phosphagenics with good results, as well as a formulation containing a Vitamin D derivative.
A preliminary study conducted by ARS in 2012 demonstrated that directly infusing the Vitamin D derivative into infected quarters of the mammary gland in infected dairy cows was able to significantly lower bacteria counts and clinical symptoms of mastitis.
Treated cows also exhibited superior milk production.
Trials will begin in mid-2013 and will be conducted in the U.S. by the ARS.
Researchers will examine the effects and efficacy of the TPM® formulated products delivered via intramammary infusion using a protocol developed by ARS.
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