USU scientist aims to create "pasture pharmacy"

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah State University scientist is hoping his research can help farm animals live healthier lives.Professor Juan Villalba’s project is aimed at finding a way for livestock to basically treat themselves for parasites by putting medicinal plants in their fields that they can feed on when sick.He tells KSL-TV the research is showing promise and has caught the eye of the agriculture industry.Villalba says he has been studying sheep and goat behavior for several years in an effort to reduce diseases that affect the animals. He says conventional farming methods of treating diseases with antibiotics and other chemicals have created parasites that are becoming drug-resistant.By putting medicinal plants in the pasture, he hopes the animals will heal themselves without the need for chemicals.

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