Trichomoniasis Project Guidelines
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship received reports that bulls on two farms in southern Iowa have tested positive for trichomoniasis, a venereal disease in cattle. Bovine trichomoniasis is a reportable disease in Iowa. There are no clinical signs of illness in the bulls, but it can be spread to cows and causes infertility. The Department has issued orders of quarantine for the two herds where the disease was found. The quarantine will remain in place until further testing confirms the disease is no longer present in the herd. These are the first known cases of the disease in Iowa but there have been more than 200 cases in Missouri. Farmers buying bulls are encouraged to make sure the adult bulls are tested for the disease before being introduced into the herd or to purchase virgin bulls.
To help insure the health and soundness of cattle herds in Iowa, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association is implementing a Trichomoniasis survey project to extend through July 1, 2013 or until funding is exhausted. This project is for random sampling of non-virgin bulls in Iowa by IVMA member veterinarians to determine the prevalence of trichomoniasis.
Guidelines for the IVMA Trichomoniasis Project
- Information on collection and submission of samples can be found at http://vetmed.iastate.edu/vdpam/disease-topics/tritrichomonas-foetus
- Bulls tested have to be 18 months or older and non-virgin with the intention to use the bull for breeding in Iowa.
- Maximum number of bulls tested per producer is five.
- The IVMA will reimburse to the veterinarian $15 to offset the cost of the testing fee at the diagnostic lab at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
- The IVMA will reimburse to the veterinarian $25 to offset the cost to collect the samples.
- A data collection form will track the county of the home of the bull, age of bull, herd size, total bulls used, total bulls tested, closed or open herd, if the case has been reported to the Iowa Dept. of Agriculture, etc.
- Copies of the lab results must be returned to the IVMA, along with a request for reimbursement from the veterinarian.
- When the IVMA has received a copy of the lab results and the request, the IVMA will issue a check to the veterinarian.
- All data collected by the IVMA will be coded to preserve the confidentiality of the owners of the animals involved.
- Coded data will be forwarded to Dr. Grant Dewell, Iowa State University for analysis and summarization and then shared with the Iowa Department of Agriculture.
- In addition, we will test ten non-virgin bulls sold at ten different, randomly chosen sale barns in Iowa.
For more information, please contact the IVMA at 800/369-9564 or email@example.com.