Cattle producers need to be vigilant this summer to prevent disease in the cow herd this summer. Here are three specific health conditions to be aware of during these next few months.

1) The sexually transmitted disease Trichomoniasis has recently been diagnosed in southwest Iowa according the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. This disease can be devastating to the reproductive performance of cow herds. Cattle farmers should take the following precautions to protect their herds:

  • Only buy virgin bulls
  • Don’t buy open cows
  • Test herd bulls routinely, especially if reproductive performance is decreased

For more information see the publication "Trichomoniasis in Beef Cattle" from Iowa State University's Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine department.

2) Anaplasmosis still is a risk to Iowa cowherds this summer. Positive herds last fall indicate that the blood parasite continues to be transmitted around the state. The influx of cows from the Southwest last fall may increase the reservoir of the disease within the state. The mild winter and warm spring has set the stage for increased number of vectors such as biting flies and ticks that can transmit the disease.

  • Control biting flies with multiple strategies including ear tags, back rubbers and sprays
  • Consider feeding CTC every other month for 30 days to control clinical signs

3) Pinkeye is another cattle disease that is transmitted by fly vectors. Controlling flies and prompt treatment is key to minimizing the impact of Pinkeye this summer.

Source: Grant Dewell, ISU Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian