McAlester News-Capital: Trich testing now mandatory for bulls in Oklahoma

By now most Oklahoma beef producers know the Oklahoma legislature passed a law in 2010 requiring testing for Trichomoniasis in non-virgin breeding bulls over 1 year of age changing ownership or management within the state of Oklahoma. A six-month period was allowed for educating producers about this disease and about the new law, with regulations going into place on January 1, 2011. In review, Trich is a highly contagious, venereal disease of beef cattle that causes poor reproductive performance and pregnancy wastage in cattle. The new regulations were needed to safeguard the Oklahoma cattle industry as this disease was seen to be on the rise here and in adjoining states.



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