Michigan farmers part of pilot project targeting cattle virus

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Cattle producers in the western Upper Peninsula are taking part in a program aimed at studying a disease that causes diarrhea, listlessness, and loss of appetite in cows.

The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton reports Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus does not spread from cows to humans.

Under the study, skin samples will be taken from cows and sent to researchers for testing.

Michigan State University researchers say most cows that get the virus develop immunity, but some young calves have a shortened life span.

If enough farms join the project, it could be extended to the rest of the U.P.

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