The aim of this RD is to develop safe, highly effective, optimised, novel vaccines for the control of the most production- and welfare-limiting endemic diseases of Scottish livestock. The key drivers for this research are:
- Prevention is better than cure. Anthelmintics (chemotherapeutics for the control of intestinal worms) and antibiotics are used to treat diseases but can leave environmental residues, adversely affect operator and food safety and are not sustainable due to increasing resistance;
- Vaccines offer a cost-effective, sustainable alternative to overcome these limitations and to provide increased productivity and efficiency in livestock production with economic, food security and environmental benefits, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.