Recently, the cattle industry has seen an increase in herds becoming infected with trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease that results in infertility and embryonic loss in cows and heifers for which there is no treatment.
While bulls are the carriers of the disease, they show no signs of infection. It is recommended that bulls are tested for the disease before allowing them to interact with females, Lisa Henderson reported for The Kansas State University Collegian.
In Kansas, the increase in recorded herds affected by the disease has resulted in a record, however, part of the increase can be attributed to increased testing regulations in the state that began more than four years ago and were revised a year ago.
The director of outreach for the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, Dave Rethorst, said the disease is an animal welfare issue, not a food safety issue, so consumers should not be concerned about the safety of beef.