USDA seeking feedback on animal disease reporting, response

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services wants feedback on plans to update the way it reports and responds to certain animal diseases. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: Frosted forage precautions

Several forage species can be extremely toxic soon after a frost and deadly to livestock if consumed. FULL STORY »

Increase in trichomoniasis due to increased regulations in Kansas

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. FULL STORY »

Are persistently infected cattle in your herd?

Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is a contributor (along with others) to what is known as “shipping fever” complex or bovine respiratory disease (BRD). FULL STORY »

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 »


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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