Tailgate Talk: Cows Will Grow Human Antibodies on New 'Farm'

October 31, 2017 11:40 AM
SAB Biotherapeutics Pharm

Cows Will Grow Human Antibodies on New ‘Farm’

There’s a new kind of farm going up in southeastern South Dakota. Its barns will house cattle, but they won’t be raised for meat or milk. SAB Biotherapeutics uses cloned cattle with certain human DNA. The cows are injected with a vaccine and produce antibodies to fight disease. By taking the plasma from their blood and sterilizing it in a lab, the antibodies could be used in humans to battle diseases such as Ebola and Zika. The company’s latest focus is treating the type of flu that puts people in the hospital. The first biosecure barn, measuring 360'x50', will hold up to 80 cows. At full capacity, the 80-acre site could handle 400 head of cows and 40 employees.

What A Day: Too Close for Comfort

Pushing brush alongside the ditch didn’t turn out so well. The driver rolled down with the tractor, but thankfully escaped with minor injuries.


What A Day - Mid-November 2017


Stat Rack

A look at ag commodities on the move in 2015, the most recent year such data is available.

142 million
metric tons of agricultural goods were exported from U.S. ports

65.8 million
metric tons of agricultural exports were shipped out of the New Orleans port region

11.1 million
metric tons of agricultural imports were brought in through multiple U.S. ports

8.7 million
metric tons of agricultural imports were brought in through New York/New Jersey ports

of total export cargo from the Port of South Louisiana, the most active in North America by tonnage, was grain

2 billion
bushels of grain are shipped yearly from Mississippi Gulf ports to the world

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