Bovine genital campylobacteriosis is a disease of cattle that can cause fertility problems or abortions.
Mode of transmission
Bulls become infected during mating and in insemination stations through contaminated equipment. Cows are infected during mating or through contaminated semen.
Abortions are possible at all stages of pregnancy.
In cows, most common are umbilications and prolonged intercalving periods; abortions are rare. Bulls usually show no clinical symptoms.
Antibiotic treatment does not guarantee freedom from the pathogen. In valuable bulls, the pathogen can also be controlled with inactivated vaccines.
Insemination bulls are monitored bacteriologically to prevent the pathogen from being reintroduced into domestic herds.