Don’t let Trich sneak up on your herd

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Producers who don’t keep an eye on their herd, paying close attention to calving numbers and herd sizes, may be allowing a serious disease to sneak up on their herd.

Veterinarian and Missouri Cattlemen's Association President Chuck Massengill explained the impact of Trichomoniasis on a cattle herd and how producers, especially in the Midwest, should keep an eye on calving rates.

“Because of our cool season grass, we tend to have a longer calving season. A lot of people may not keep track of the birth of each calf because they come all year long. So it can sneak by until it reaches a really high point when there’s a large reproductive loss.”

Trich is a unique disease transmitted through breeding so the only impact we see is a reduced calf crop. If cow-calf numbers are not monitored, it can take more than a year to notice substantial losses.

The disease isn’t noticeable visibly, but tests can detect the disease in bulls. Massengill recommends a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) as the most dependable test because it is impacted the least by technique and individual subjective decisions.

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According to Massengill, the MCA is establishing a focus group of cattlemen from the state of Missouri to look at Trich management.



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