BEEF Poll: Which Cattle Disease Is A Priority For Support?

USDA and state government devote resources for surveillance, testing and prevention of various bovine diseases. This week’s online poll question at beefmagazine.com is: “Which disease merits more government support?” Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

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Anonymous
on Jun 12, 2014

diseases with zoonotic potential deserve careful consideration, particularly the mycobacterial agents (Johne's and TB)

Anonymous
on May 20, 2014

Amen to pinkeye research and development of a lasting vaccine! We were plagued with it last summer and ours also started in early March with one calf We ended up treating 95% of the calf crop :( We dreaded going to the pasture every morning and evening to check cattle . This is one area I would love to see our agriculture experts tackle through research projects etc. This can surely be controlled. We did ALL the routine things : fly control , weed control, rotational grazing , last year NOTHING worked....Spent over $1000.00 on treatment alone not great for the bottom line! Praying for a better year....maybe we have a immune built up for this coming year???????

Anonymous
on May 20, 2014

The nasty and agressive PINK EYE that is breaking out is purported to have came from Mexico. We know it very well, it came to our country (the Dakota's) a few years ago when the drought hit Texas and the south and people were bringing "Cheap" cattle from the drought areas up. We had 850 steers(from here) that broke with it and had to treat %80 of them, it started in March while there was still snow on the ground. We finally took cultures of some eyes, took them to a local vet who had cultures ran and a vaccine made, we now vaccinate everything every year and have had no more problems. I do know of some herds in Wyoming that last year had cows and calves that had 80-90% contracting this too. My point is that there is a good vaccine available for this disease it just needs to be made more readily available. In todays environment of live cattle being shipped all around the world our industry needs to be very diligent to watch for diseases we have never seen before, If you see something strange going on have a vet check it out and don't take a guess for an answer. Lab testing is NOT expensive (usually less than $150 at University labs) yes, it might be nothing or it might be a time bomb.

Anonymous
on May 20, 2014

If we could develop an effective vaccine or treatment for Johne's that would be a major accomplishment for both the beef and dairy industries. There is a huge financial upside nationwide.

Anonymous
on May 20, 2014

BLV and pinkeye would cause more economic damage than any of the others, in our area. It would seem to me that vaccinations for both of these two need some research dollar support.

Anonymous
on May 17, 2014

we have been fortunate to escape the respiratory disease complex but have ongoing problems with pinkeye at all times of the year even in the dead of winter! however I think the people would be better served if universities and individual companies found solutions to these problems and government became less involved!

Anonymous
on May 20, 2014

I struggled greatly with pinkeye for years. Good vet. Vaccinated. custom vaccine. Consulted everyone. Kept getting the same futile suggestions: Vaccinate. Dust. Weeds. Flies. Only oxytet worked (treating up to 30% of calves.) Did ignore advice to Endovac Bovi. Finally went to it 3 years ago. Problem solved. Eureka.

Anonymous
on May 20, 2014

We select against pinkeye and disease and use management intensive grazing. After fifty years, these two strategies have done far more good than anything else. Never use a bull out of a cow that has had pinkeye. Select the cows that survive the longest with the least problems as herd bull mothers.

Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

If a connection between Johnes and Crohns disease is ever proven it will be a disaster for beef..We need incentives to cull all positives.

Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

Anapasmosis and BLV top my producers list. Most economic impact than others.

Anonymous
on May 20, 2014

Anaplasmosis tops our list of problems. Government support? No.

Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

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Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

The government should support the disposal of Johnes animals with dollar support!

Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

We have spent over $60K in a trich battle. My obvious response should be ... TRICH,. The problem is your question extended to GOVERNMENT, and those of us on western ranges are about out of business with the stewardship of our government. If you reworded the question I will answer differently, but I have my plate full trying to exist with dominion of government over every facet of my life and operation.

Anonymous
on May 17, 2014

most of my neighbors have lived off the programs so much that they wouldn't be farming if we didn't have them and it makes me sad to see the life I love so dictated by farm service agencies

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