Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press, KRAI host forum Thursday

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The Craig Daily Press and KRAI will host a Moffat County candidates’ forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Centennial Mall. Currently, the Moffat County Commissioner District 3 race is the only contested race. Best Western Plus Deer Park Inn & Suites owner Frank Moe and Moffat County Emergency Manager Coordinator Tom Soos are running against each other for the commissioner seat, which currently is occupied by Tom Mathers. Colorado’s primary election will take place June 24, when voters will decide which of the two Republican candidates will make it onto the November ballot. Other uncontested candidates also will have an opportunity to speak about why they’re running for elected office.

Moffat County mail-in ballots were mailed to registered voters Monday, Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said.

Owners reminded to test cattle for trich

The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd for bovine trichomoniasis. As of Saturday, there are six positive trich locations in Park and Huerfano counties. A map detailing trichomoniasis sample submissions by county and the prevalence for trichomoniasis-positive counties can be found at www.colorado.gov/ag.

“Testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling this infection,” state veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr said. “Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd.”

Trich is a costly yet preventable infection that can affect dairy and beef cattle. If bulls become infected, the percentage of open cows can increase from 5 to 30 percent. 

Trich is a venereal disease of cattle caused by Trichomonas foetus (T. foetus). The T. foetus infection causes fertility problems, such as early embryonic death or abortion of the calf, and is asymptomatic in bulls. 

Colorado trich regulations require all non-virgin bulls changing ownership or being transported into Colorado be tested for T. foetus unless the animal is going to slaughter.  Bulls on public land grazing permits or with grazing associations must also be tested before turnout.

Several diagnostic laboratories across the state offer trich testing; samples must be taken by an accredited veterinarian, and results will be available between four and six days. For testing locations, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Livestock Health.”

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