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Texas bovine trich testing protocols 

Effective June 15, 2018, official bovine trichomoniasis (trich) test submissions that do not meet the Texas Animal Health Commission’s (TAHC) rules for an official test will not be processed by Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL). It is critical to the integrity of trich test results that veterinarians and producers adhere to submission timeframes and expiration dates. TAHC would like to remind veterinarians and producers of the submission requirements for an official bovine trich test. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... May 17, 2018

TAHC merges portions of Central and East Texas regions

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) will merge Region 2 and 7 on June 1, 2018. The office consolidation will facilitate cost savings and allow TAHC’s regional offices to have the resources and personnel necessary to protect the health and marketability of Texas’ livestock, exotic livestock and domestic and exotic fowl. TAHC livestock inspectors and veterinarians will continue to be strategically located throughout the merged region to work with producers, livestock markets and to meet regional and local needs. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... May 16, 2018

EHM confirmed in second Texas horse

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials confirmed equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM), the neurologic disease linked to Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), in a Lubbock County barrel racing horse on May 9, 2018. The most recent case of EHM in Texas was confirmed in a Montgomery County horse. Both horses attended a barrel racing event at the Oklahoma City Fair Grounds on April 25-30. The Lubbock County horse did not travel to any other events. Owners of horses that were potentially exposed are encouraged to take precautions, including isolating suspect individuals and monitoring for fever for at least 14 days. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... May 14, 2018

EHM confirmed in Montgomery County horse

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) confirmed equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM), the neurologic disease linked to equine herpes virus (EHV-1), in a Montgomery County barrel racing horse on May 9, 2018. The premises is under movement restrictions and TAHC staff is working closely with the owner and veterinarian to monitor potentially exposed horses and implement biosecurity measures. Prior to confirmation, the horse attended barrel racing events at the Oklahoma City Fair Grounds on April 28-30 and Williamson County Expo Center in Taylor, Texas, on May 5. TAHC staff has been in contact with event management and veterinarians to ensure enhanced biosecurity measures are taken on the premises and event participants are notified. While the risk of exposure to the virus was likely low at these events, owners of horses potentially exposed are encouraged to take precautions. General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... May 10, 2018

AgriLife Research to study prenatal stress impacts in cattle

A $382,800 federal grant will fund research to identify the impacts of prenatal stress on beef cattle DNA, white blood cells, other tissue and subsequent changes in genetics related to temperament, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Ron Randel, AgriLife Research physiologist, said the three-year grant will finance research focused on the “effect of prenatal stress on DNA methylation and correspondence with gene expression in cattle” at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. The research team includes Drs. Penny Riggs, David Riley and Thomas Welsh from the animal science department at Texas A&M University in College Station. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... May 01, 2018

Perdue to allow modified FMD virus onto US mainland under specific conditions for vaccine development 

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has authorized the movement of a modified, non-infectious version of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) virus from the Plum Island Animal Disease Center to the U.S. mainland for the purposes of continued vaccine development and study. While modified FMD virus is unable to cause disease and presents no risk of transmitting the disease, it is still live FMD virus, and Federal law requires the Secretary’s approval for this movement. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health Read more... Apr 27, 2018

NIH study finds no chronic wasting disease transmissibility in macaques 

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) did not cross the species barrier to infect cynomolgus macaque monkeys during a lengthy investigation by National Institutes of Health NIH) scientists exploring risks to humans. CWD is a type of brain-damaging and fatal prion disease found in deer, elk and moose; in humans, prion diseases can take more than a decade to develop. In the study, appearing in the Journal of Virology, 14 macaques were cerebrally and orally exposed to brain matter from CWD-infected deer and elk, and then monitored for up to 13 years. Macaques often are used to model human prion diseases because they are genetically similar to humans and are susceptible to several types of prion diseases known to infect people. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health Read more... Apr 26, 2018

USDA proposes to update branding requirements to cattle entering US from Mexico

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to update its branding requirements for cattle entering the United States from Mexico. The changes would simplify the branding requirements, making the brands easier to apply and read, reducing errors. They would ensure Mexican cattle are easily identifiable and traceable for the remainder of their lives in the event of a disease detection.

General Discussion, Animal Health Read more... Apr 11, 2018

Confined deer operations reminded of April 1 MLDP reporting deadline

All Managed Land Deer Program (MLDP) participants must report the number of bucks and does harvested by April 1 of each year, even if no animals were taken. Failure to report harvest numbers by the deadline will result in MLDP tags not being issued for the succeeding season. Texas Wildlife Association has provided information at the following link: Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Mar 29, 2018

APHIS revises chronic wasting disease program standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is revising its Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Program Standards to better meet the needs of both animal health officials and the cervid industry. To ensure consistent terminology, APHIS is aligning the language in the program standards with the Code of Federal Regulations. CWD is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), a progressive and fatal brain disease that can affect cervids, including deer, elk and moose.  The CWD Herd Certification Program (HCP) provides a national approach to control CWD in farmed cervid and is a cooperative effort between APHIS, state animal health and wildlife agencies, and farmed cervid owners. APHIS coordinates with state agencies to encourage cervid owners to certify their herds and comply with the CWD Herd Certification Program Standards to prevent the introduction and spread of CWD.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Mar 29, 2018