Minimizing threat of heifer disease by blood testing

Minimizing threat of heifer disease by blood testing

Russ Daly, George Perry and Holly Krueger

Tri State Neighbor

There’s a little known cause of reproductive failure in beef and dairy herds, and it can be identified by giving heifers a blood test. It’s called neospora caninum, and while cattle producers have long understood how certain viruses and bacteria affect reproduction (such as BVD virus or leptospirosis), neospora, which is a protozoal organism, provides some interesting challenges.

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