BVD testing could pay off big

Because BVD has the potential to affect all of these beef industry segments, many in the industry are paying closer attention to it and paying a premium for calves that test negative as persistently infected (PI) with BVD. FULL STORY »

State veterinarians discuss key health threats at WSLHA meeting

Officials stress importance of diagnostics in disease-management programs. FULL STORY »

New analysis shows BVD-PI testing pays, netting producers more

For the second consecutive year, research shows cattle buyers are paying a higher premium for calves that test negative for being persistently infected (PI) with bovine viral diarrhea (BVD). FULL STORY »

Genetic selection for healthier cattle

The adoption of advanced genetic selection tools such as Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) has been one of the greatest success stories in improving productivity in the beef industry. The ability to select and find cattle that excel in growth while still delivering acceptable calving ease FULL STORY »

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Pinkeye

Pinkeye in cattle is most commonly caused by the Moraxella bovis (M. bovis) bacteria, but there are other species like M. bovis’ younger sister, Moraxella bovoculi, that can come into play – and they’re not all covered by the same treatments. FULL STORY »


Bill Barton, DVM, is the Administrator/State Veterinarian in the Division of Animal Industries at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

Question: One of the areas that state regulations differ regarding trichomoniasis (trich) is the acceptance of “pooled samples” for diagnosis of the trich organism. What does “pooling” of trich samples mean?

Answer: For many years, culture of trichomoniasis samples followed by microscopic evaluation was the gold standard for diagnosing trich. As PCR, or Polymerase Chain Reaction, has become more readily available in laboratories across the country, it is rapidly replacing culture as the preferred method for diagnosing trichomoniasis.  Read More…

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