Jill said:You guys and your diseases are going to give me nightmares, like we don't have enough to worry about. yuck!
showcattlegal said:I did my cows a few years ago because a bull I bought was a carrier with no signs or symptoms. He was from a big time breeder so I learned to test everything no matter who it comes from. I do my calves every year, show and sale barn ones. In our part of the country the buyers are paying more for the calves that have been tested already.
Jill said:Ok. I guess we have been really naive, and have never tested for anything. What are your recommendations on what to test for when you purchase an animal.
I can understand why people have closed herds, all this testing can nickle and dime you to death.
knabe said:dl, so do you recommend testing show cattle that you want to remix with your herd before they go back "in"? in other words, how soon after innculation is the test discoverable? so in an "ideal" world, have a quarrantine pasture for the "required" number of days for the organism to mainfest itself insufficient numbers to be observed by the test? put another way, could one say at some point in the future, that shows may have a quarrantine area, administer a test, and sort at that point? do vets do this test? can they do it while they are on a site visit for other reasons and can they offer something similar to the brucellosis metal tag and tattoo? this is probalby a maintenance issue, so a tattoo isn't going to work, but an official paper trail, ugh, national id bar tag?
knabe said:do you mean 3 weeks is enough time for the organism to be observable by the test? that would be awesome and totally manageable. like you said, not really interested in a "half hearted effort and not productive" even at my herd size. want cows to be around 10 years. since my "herd" is isolated from other cattle, the only thing i worry about is my next door neighbor's sheep who has one that coughs/wheezes with almost any breath. vet said it isn't contractable, but now know that diseases can jump species, unlike how i was taught in college or that the central dogma of DNA is irreversible. AIDs showed that it was possible to go from a protein to DNA with reverse transcriptase. that enzyme did launch a whole industry, similar in scale to what tobacco did for plant biotechnology. and for grins, china tobacco is transgenic and has been for a while, but then they don't have the USDA, but they do execute you if you take bribes and have a similar position, as recently has happened.