Mycoplasma bovis survives surprisingly well in the environment, as well as in animal respiratory tracts. At 39 degrees F, the bacterium survives for nearly two months in sponges, more than two weeks in water, and 20 days in straw, says Fiona Maunsell, University of Florida veterinarian. While M. bovis is vulnerable to higher temperatures and disinfectants, there are several steps you can take to help combat mycoplasma.

She recommends the  following:

  • Give facilities a break between groups of calves to help reduce pathogen load.
  • Always practice good hygiene.
  • Prevent overcrowding.
  • Provide adequate ventilation.