More positive trichomoniasis cases confirmed in Kansas
The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health has confirmed four positive cases of trichomoniasis so far in 2014. DAH officials indicate the cases were found in Graham, Osborne, Rawlins, Rooks, Sheridan and Thomas counties.
These positives come on the heels of cases in 22 counties last year and 18 in 2012. A map showing Kansas counties affected by trichomoniasis can be found here. According to Kansas Deputy Animal Health Commissioner Justin Smith, the majority of cases this year were discovered as a result of an increased number of open females when herds were pregnancy checked.
Smith has a number of suggestions to prevent the costly disease from entering a herd. As insurance, he suggested bulls should be tested for trichomoniasis before spring turn-out. Purchase bulls from reputable breeders. Give preference to purchasing virgin bulls. If older bulls are purchased, Kansas regulations require these bulls test negative for trichomoniasis prior to change of ownership. When adding to a herd, avoid open or short-bred females. Smith said additions should be known virgin heifers, cows bred at least 120 days, females that have been sexually isolated at least 120 days or cows with nursing calves that have not been exposed to a bull since calving.
Trichomoniasis is a reportable disease. Anyone with knowledge of infected cattle must report it to DAH.
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