FORUM PARTICIPANTS DISCUSS HARMONIZING TRICHOMONIASIS STANDARDS

     More than 140 state veterinarians, animal health officials, diagnostic laboratory personnel and beef industry leaders gathered April 3 in Omaha to discuss the harmonization of trichomoniasis standards. Those attending the one-day forum identified areas where harmonization among states can lead to more effective management and reduce confusion.
     “While we realize a one-size-fits-all program won’t work, the consensus is that standardization, or at least harmonization, of state regulations, collection of samples prior to shipping, shipping and handling samples and laboratory procedures can help eliminate confusion and benefit all involved,” said Colorado Department of Agriculture veterinarian Carl Heckendorf, who served as co-chair of the forum.
     In addition to agreeing elements of a trichomoniasis control program must be based on science, coupled with practical application, forum participants pinpointed several areas where harmonization among states could have significant value. Those include allowing test results to be valid for 60 days if the bull has not been exposed to breeding-age females; using PCR as the defining test; approving the pooling of samples in the laboratory; defining virgin status as bulls less than 24 months of age; managing the movement of infected cows; and following up with infected herds.

KLA Vice President of Communications Todd Domer says the Kansas Legislature took action on a flurry of bills before it reached first adjournment. This included proposed legislation benefitting farmers, ranchers and feeders.