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Campylobacter (Farmer Factsheet)

Contributor(s): XLVets, Vetstream Ltd , Al Manning

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  • Campylobacter foetus venerealis is one of the many potential causes of bovine infertility and abortions.
  • It survives in the prepuce of bulls and the vagina of the cow. 
  • In the bull, the organism lives in the folds and crevices of the prepuce where it can persist for life.
  • It is transmitted from cow to bull to cow at serving.
  • Over the past few years, its incidence has been rising, particularly in beef suckler herds, because of a greater reliance on the use of hired bulls and because of a lack of basic biosecurity precautions.
  • In the cow, the organism lives in the front portion of the reproductive tract, namely the vagina and cervix. From here, it can invade the uterus causing endometritis and early embryonic death or later abortions.

Signs of infection

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