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Cattle Producers Need To Be Proactive in Treating Trichomoniasis in Breeding Herd
Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:03:05 CDT
Cow/calf producers need to be proactive and watch their breeding herd carefully for trichomoniasis and Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine clinical associate professor talks about detecting and treatment of this venereal disease on todayís Beef Buzz.
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This disease can only be spread in a breeding act, Dr. Hanzlicek said. Itís not a virus or bacteria, but rather a microscopic protozoan.
The bulls are usually the carrier, he said, but a small number of cows can also carry the parasite.
Making trichomoniasis especially troublesome is there is no way to visually tell if the bull is infected as he acts normal in every function, Hanzlicek said.
The only way to be sure if the bull is positive is to have a veterinarian test the bull.
The test is a simple, noninvasive test, Hanzlick said.
Producers can look for some obvious signs of infection in their herd only after the fact.
This disease doesnít have any impact on conception, he said, but at about 50 to 70 days of gestation, the protozoan will kill the fetus.
Typically, in an infected herd, there will be a lot of open cows and often there could be some pregnancies late in the breeding season as the infected cow has become immune to the disease.
He suggested producers buy only tested or virgin bulls and females that are late term pregnant.
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