BOISE — A bill that would require all breeding bulls in Idaho to be tested annually for trichomoniasis was introduced in the Idaho Legislature Jan. 30.
Currently, Idaho law only requires bulls south of the Salmon River to be tested for trich, a venereal disease that causes infertility and abortions in cattle.
The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee unanimously voted to print the one-sentence bill, which simply requires all bulls in Idaho to be tested for the disease.
The bill, which was crafted by the Idaho Cattle Association, will be debated later during a public hearing.
The issue has created strong feelings among cattle producers on both sides of the river and the proposal to require statewide testing has been hotly debated by ICA members for three years.
ICA members in November passed a resolution to pursue legislation that requires all bulls in Idaho to be tested for trich.
“We think it’s a serious enough disease and a large enough threat to the cattle industry that we want to make certain it’s (addressed properly),” said ICA Executive Vice President Wyatt Prescott.