Effective March 18, Louisiana initiated emergency rules to prevent the spread of bovine trichomoniasis (trich) in the state’s cattle herds.
According to State Veterinarian Henry Moreau, the emergency rules require all non-virgin, out-of-state bulls to be tested and disease-free before entry into Louisiana is allowed. The rules also stipulate that all Louisiana veterinarians must report a trich diagnosis to the state vet. Bulls diagnosed with the infection are to be removed from the breeding herd and sold for slaughter.
Trich has been diagnosed in four Louisiana herds, Moreau says, the first time he’s encountered the disease in the state. The emergency rules will remain in effect for four months and renewed until they can be made permanent.
For more info, go to www.ldaf.state.la.us.