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Cattle owners reminded to test herds for Bovine Trichomoniasis
July 21, 2014

The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd for bovine trichomoniasis.

As of July 1, there are five positive trich locations in Custer, Huerfano, Park and Prowers counties.

So far this year, there have been 10 new trich cases.

A map detailing trichomoniasis sample submissions by county and the prevalence for trichomoniasis-positive counties can be found at Colorado Department of Agriculture website (click on “livestock health”). The “trichomoniasis” tab includes the map, brochure and diagnostic laboratory contact information.

“Testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling this infection,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr. “Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd.”

“Trich” is a costly, yet preventable, infection that can affect dairy and beef cattle. If bulls become infected, the percentage of open cows can increase from 5 to 30 percent.

Trich is a venereal disease of cattle caused by Trichomonas foetus (T. Foetus). The T. foetus infection causes fertility problems, such as early embryonic death or abortion of the calf and is asymptomatic in bulls.

Colorado trich regulations require all non-virgin bulls changing ownership or being transported into Colorado be tested for T. foetus unless the animal is going to slaughter. Bulls on public land grazing permits or with grazing associations must also be tested prior to turn-out.

Several diagnostic laboratories across the state offer trich testing; samples must be taken by an accredited veterinarian and results will be available between four to six days. For testing locations, visit the Colorado Department of Agriculture website  and click on “Livestock Health.”

 


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