6/3/2015 Bovine Trichomoniasis Update
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Bovine Trichomoniasis Update
The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd for Bovine Trichomoniasis. Ranchers who co-mingle their herds have a higher risk for trich; one way to reduce the risk of this disease is to test bulls annually.
So far this year, Colorado has had 8 new positive “trich” herds in Colorado. As of 5/31/2015, there are 9 producer's herds quarantined for trich over 15 locations in Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Otero, Park, Prowers, and Pueblo counties.
As of January 1, 2015, changes to the trich rules have become effective. The main changes are:
The official test for import into Colorado or for change of ownership within the state is the PCR test. The previous rule allowed culture for import or change of ownership.
The official test is now applicable for 60 days. The former rule stated the test was only valid for 30 days prior to importation, change of ownership, or movement to grazing associations.
The test eligible age for bulls, for import into Colorado or for change of ownership, is 18 months of age. The previous rule had an age eligibility of 12 months for bulls imported into Colorado and had some provision for virgin bull status.
Several diagnostic laboratories across the state offer trich testing; samples must be taken by an accredited veterinarian and results will be available between 4 to 6 days. For more information, locations and Colorado Counties involved, go ot the website, and testing locations, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on "Livestock Health."
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