By: Ken Anderseon
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) has submitted comments of support on a proposed rule change in Iowa regarding Trichomoniasis testing of bulls entering the state.
Trichomoniasis, commonly called Trich, is a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to a 20-30 percent rate of cows aborting pregnancies.
The proposed rules, which will be submitted to the Iowa Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee, would require Trich testing of bulls brought into Iowa from out of state. The testing requirement would not apply to rodeo bulls, bulls being sent to slaughter, and virgin bulls under 24 months of age.
Trich has not been a major issue in the state and ICA officials say the rule change will help keep it that way. In 2012 the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association conducted a survey across the state in which six positive bulls were discovered. Additionally, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship had three positive cases reported from producers in 2012 and 2013. Prior to 2012, Iowa had no reported cases of Trich.
ICA officials say they would like to see the rule implemented prior to the 2014 breeding season. If the rules are accepted, they will be in place February 2014.
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