The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has received an investment of nearly $320,000 from the federal government to identify a new diagnostic test for bovine tuberculosis in cattle that will be simpler and cheaper for regulatory agencies to administer. This investment through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program is designed to help the CCA evaluate alternative bovine TB tests that will be more reliable and cost-effective than the current tuberculin skin test. The association will work with regulatory agencies such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to design and provide input to the evaluation study. Travis Toews, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, says having a rapid, simple and inexpensive blood test that can detect bovine TB in cattle will help to achieve the final eradication of this insidious disease sooner than is possible with existing tools.