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Ask The Vet
Mon Sep 9, 2013 11:16 AM CDT

QUESTION: When purchasing a new bull, what should I do to protect my herd from any possible diseases the bull might bring in?

ANSWER: Years ago the first two things on that list would have probably been brucellosis and tuberculosis, but today many states are free of those diseases. The bigger threats now are from diseases that many producers haven't even heard of.

1. Let's start with trichomoniasis. This is a venereal disease. Bulls are infected by breeding an infected cow, but show no signs. Infected cows may experience early embryonic ...

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