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.