Beef Research School: Dealing with Trichomaniasis and Vibriosis

Debra Murphy, 2012

Trichomaniasis and vibriosis are infectious diseases that cause infertility in cattle as a result of embryonic death. Cows will often abort within the first 90 days of pregnancy, making it difficult to detect. One of the few signs of infection is a higher than average number of cows coming back into service in late fall, explains Dr. Eugene Janzen of the University of Calgary’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

And the consequences of an outbreak can be extremely challenging to deal with, not to mention expensive.

“We dealt with two outbreaks of trichomaniasis,” says Dr. Jordon Holt of Highview Animal Clinic. “In one of our herds that we dealt with, the number of open cows that we saw was encroaching on the 70% mark…So potentially very, very devastating for cattle producers.”

In this episode of Beef Research School, Drs Janzen and Holt discuss trichomaniasis and vibriosis, the potential these diseases have to cause severe economic loss in a cattle herd and what producers can do to prevent them from spreading further.


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