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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 »

Don’t get blindsided by anaplasmosis

The golden days of summer are finally here! No more fighting snow, ice and mud to feed the cows every day. Calves are bucking and playing while their mothers fatten on the best forage of the year. FULL STORY »

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Marty Zaluski, state veterinarian, Montana Department of Livestock

Question: How do current trichomoniasis regulations affect the movement of cattle across state lines? What can be done to simplify the situation?

Answer: As of July 2014, 26 states have interstate trichomoniasis (trich) regulations, with nearly that many different regulatory requirements. But unlike Baskin-Robbins® ice cream, variations in trich regulations for different states make life more complicated. Areas where states’ regulations differ generally fall into four categories:
a)    Type of test — culture or polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
b)    Duration of test-negative status — usually from 30 to 60 days
c)    Whether pooling of samples is accepted
d)    Age of bulls that can be exempted from testing — usually from 12 to 24 months of age  Read More…

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