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Survey to gauge ranchers' demand for vaccine


DAVIS, Calif. -- As university researchers here work toward a vaccine to control foothill abortion, the California Cattlemen's Association is seeking input from ranchers about their production requirements.



The survey asks producers for their opinions about how much of the vaccine they'll need, what months of the year they'll need it and whether they've lost calves to foothill abortion in the past.



The survey is anonymous, and the CCA asks that ranchers complete it by Sept. 1.



Foothill abortion is a tick-borne malady that kills calf fetuses. The tick bites cows and heifers in dry pastures, and the resulting bacterial disease causes an annual loss of 45,000 to 90,000 calves, according to University of California-Davis researchers.



The survey is being sent to members and is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCAFoothillAbortion .



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