Bucyrus, KS--The animal health experts at ImmTech Biologics announced today the USDA approval for FUSOGARD Fusobacterium necrophorum bacterin as an aid in the reduction of the number and size of liver abscesses caused by fusobacterium necrophorum.

"Liver abscesses in feedlot cattle continue to represent a serious economic concern, with incidences in slaughter cattle averaging 12% to 32% and reaching as high as 90% to 95%. Liver abscesses are a significant economic liability throughout the beef production chain, with abscesses being the major cause of liver condemnation in the United States," says Adrian Liem, Ph.D., vice president, ImmTech. "Liver abscesses have shown to be a significant liability to the producer and packer, causing an estimated condemnation of 3 mllion livers and losses of $15 million annually in the United States. Cattle with abscessed livers have reduced feed intake, reduced weight gain, decreased feed efficiency and decreased carcass-dressing percentages."

According to Gary Anderson, D.V.M., Ph.D., president of ImmTech, FUSOGARD is a new generation vaccine that promotes the healthiness and wholesomeness of beef. "FUSOGARD was specifically designed with economics, convenience, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and solid disease protection in mind. It is the first F. necrophorum bacterin designed specifically for cattle, and provides the protection and safety of an inactivated bacterin, while combining the power of the uniquely engineered adjuvant SuprImm to provide effective liver abscess and foot rot protection."

FUSOGARD bacterin is labeled for the vaccination of healthy cattle 6 months of age or older as an aid in the reduction of the number and size of liver abscesses. For effective control of liver abscesses, inject a single 2-mL dose of FUSOGARD subcutaneously during initial feedlot processing with a second 2-ml dose 60 days later. FUSOGARD's unique formulation and enhanced immunity also makes it an extremely flexible liver abscess/foot rot preconditioning vaccine where the first 2-mL dose can be administered at weaning and the second 2-mL dose upon arrival at the feedlot.

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