Researchers at Charles Sturt University have found a treatment that could treat perennial ryegrass toxicoses (PRGT). PRGT is a condition caused by a toxin produced by a naturally occurring fungus that appears in some varieties of perennial ryegrass.
The condition costs Australian livestock producers over $100 million every year, due to lost production and deceased livestock.
The researchers have identified a chemical compound that appears effective at reducing signs of ryegrass staggers in affected sheep, by treating the nervous system directly. The new method has proven to reduce tremor in the affected animals and can also be use to treat bigger groups of sheep in one go. This makes it easier for farmers to manage and move animals to less-harmful pastures, without hurting the animals.
Incredible projects give the importance of investing in university research. Such initiatives keep our nation clever.
[img source] Harry R. (CCA2.0)