Bovine respiratory disease is a common and costly problem in the cattle industry. Often called “shipping fever”, calves fall prey to it shortly after weaning when they are shipped to feedlots. In 1988, University of Guelph imuunologists Pat Shewen and Bruce Wilkie developed a highly effective vaccine against the illness. All subsequent vaccines against shipping fever have been modeled on the one they produced at the Ontario Veterinary College.
Their vaccine staves off sickness, death and economic loss, all while reducing the need for antibiotics.