The Animal Health final regulation in Kansas regarding Trichomoniasis in cattle is now in effect. Trichomoniasis is a highly contagious disease in cattle that is carried by a bull and transmitted in to a cow during breeding. This disease can cause pregnancy loss, prolonged calving intervals and high rates of infected herds. This final regulation addresses the change of ownership of bulls within Kansas and import requirements for both bulls and females.
Under the rule non-virgin bulls, bulls of unknown virginity and bulls older than 18 months of age must test negative for the disease prior to the change of ownership in Kansas. This rule also exempts from testing requirements virgin bulls 24 months of age or younger coming from an approved Trichomoniasis management plan and bulls moving directly to slaughter or for feeding purposes.
Lastly, the rule also requires that cows and heifers moving into Kansas must go directly to slaughter or an approved livestock market unless accompanied by a CVI. The CVI must show imported females meet one of the seven criteria set out in the revised regulation which are; must have a calf by side, are at least 120 days pregnant, are virgin heifers with no sexual exposure to bulls that have certified negative for the disease, have had at least 120 days of sexual isolation and are heifers or cows that exposed only to bulls that are certified negative for the disease.
Kansas Animal Health Commissioner, Dr. Bill Brown encourages farmers and ranchers who think they have Trich in their cattle herd to contact their herd veterinarian or a Kansas state veterinarian.