Journal article

Infectious reproductive disease pathogens in dairy herd bulls

AS Hancock, PJ Younis, DS Beggs, PD Mansell, MF Pyman

Australian Veterinary Journal | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Investigate the presence of infectious reproductive disease pathogens in dairy herd bulls in south-west Victoria, Australia, using a cross-sectional study. METHODS: Dairy herd bulls from 32 herds were sampled for bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV: 256 bulls, 32 herds) prior to the natural mating period, bovine herpes virus-1 prior to (10 bulls, 5 herds) and after (118 bulls, 19 herds) the natural mating period, and for Campylobacter fetus spp. and Tritrichomonas foetus after the natural mating period (61 bulls, 7 herds). BVDV was detected from an ear-notch sample using a commercially available rapid assay ELISA, bovine herpes virus-1 and T. foetus were screened for by PCR from a ..

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