New Mexico State University's Clayton Livestock Research Center is putting its focus on cattle health, especially vaccinations. The center's research is looking at how to better vaccinate cattle, better use trace mineral supplements and humanely handle cattle, Jane Moorman reported for the Albuquerque Journal.

“Basically, we are seeing if we can use probiotics and different mechanisms to make the cattle healthier without given them shots,” said Michael Hubbert, New Mexico State University professor and superintendent of the facility.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is starting a voluntary plan for the industry to start phasing out certain antibiotics, as the demand for naturally raised beef continues to grow. Many believe that antibiotic use will decrease for production efficiency. The center's research is trying to stay ahead of these trends.

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