Arcobacter butzleri is a pathogenic bacterium that has been found in dairy cattle, pigs, poultry, and humans. As of this writing, there are no data on the incidence of A. butzleri in beef cattle. Given the differences in rearing practices used for feedlot cattle and those used for dairy cattle, differences in the incidences of this organism in various types of cattle may also exist. Numerous culture methods have been used to isolate A. butzleri, but there are few data on the comparative efficacies of these methods. The objectives of this study were to determine the incidence of A. butzleri in cattle from Texas and to compare the effectiveness levels of the Johnson-Murano (JM) method (consisting of enrichment in JM broth followed by plating on JM agar) and the Collins method (consisting of enrichment in EMJH-P80 broth followed by plating on Cephalothin, Vancomycin, and Amphotericin B [CVA] agar) in the isolation of this organism. Fifty cattle each from two feedlots, a dairy, and a stocker yard were sampled. Fecal swabs were obtained from cattle, and each sample was cultured by the JM method, the Collins method, and combinations of the two methods with the broth of one method being used with the agar of the other. Polymerase chain reaction was used to identify the isolates for confirmation of A. butzleri. Samples from 18 of 200 cattle tested positive for A. butzleri. This organism was detected by the JM method in 4.5% of the samples and by the Collins method in 2.5% of the samples. An incidence of 4.0% was found when JM broth was used with CVA agar, while no samples tested positive for A. butzleri when EMJH-P80 broth was used with JM agar.

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