Prevention of Reproductive Diseases
By: John Winder, The Noble Foundation
There are numerous diseases that affect reproduction. Fortunately, all of these can be prevented by vaccination and/or management practices. Reproductive diseases cause fetal death or abortion. The list of diseases is lengthy and includes diseases such as infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), leptospirosis (Lepto), vibriosis (Vibrio), trichomoniasis (Trich), and brucellosis (Bangs). Some reproductive diseases are very "dynamic", genetically changing over time. Our highly mobile industry has also created opportunities for disease organisms to move into clean areas with relative ease. Producers should consult a local veterinarian annually and follow his or her advice religiously. If you do not adopt a preventative strategy, you are gambling with the future financial viability of your herd.