Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica has published a report highlighting the importance of livestock owners assessing the fertility of their cattle and the reasons behind low rates of pregnancy among herds.
The animal health company has underlined the potential risk which infectious illnesses such as trichomoniasis, leptospirosis, bovine viral diarrhoea and infectious bovine rhinotracheitis can pose towards productivity.
As a result of the prominence of these diseases, the firm stated that herd owners should ensure they investigate the causes behind a high number of open cows, checking the health of cows and bulls.
Dr Joe Campbell, professional services veterinarian at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, stated that the history of the herd and biosecurity measures must also be considered in order to determine whether disease is causing the problem.
He said: "Taking the necessary steps to include good management practices and sound pre-breeding vaccination programs helps cattle producers reduce losses from open cows."
Earlier this month, the company suggested that biosecurity measures are also necessary to screen for specimens which are persistently infected by bovine viral diarrhoea, which can be a potentially costly health issue for livestock owners.See all the latest jobs in Animal Health