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TVDML adds several new bovine panels to test catalog

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) is now able to provide seven new bovine panels for analysis. TVMDL compiles diagnostic panels to assist clients in efficient diagnostic testing for multiple bovine issues, including new tissue panels for fetal abortion analysis, neurological disease, sudden death, and comprehensive BRD. New serology panels are for biosecurity screening as well as basic and comprehensive BRD testing.

General Discussion, Animal Health Read more... Feb 21, 2018

Biosecurity tips to keep your livestock show animals healthy

As stock shows around the state get underway amid an especially dangerous flu outbreak, we’re all reminded of the precautions folks should be taking to avoid the flu. However, we aren’t the only ones susceptible to catching illness at the local show – proper biosecurity measures should also be taken with show animals to avoid spreading disease. The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) offers a fact sheet of biosecurity tips to help minimize exposure before, during, and after livestock events. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health Read more... Feb 06, 2018

Extra-label drug use: Too much of a good thing

You’ve treated calves before, and you know the dose on the label is effective. But this one slipped through the cracks; he’s sicker than most you’ve treated. Why not give him a few extra ccs? It can’t hurt, right? Actually, it can. Progressive Cattleman talks the dangers of extra-label drug use (ELDU) and how you could be guilty of it without knowing. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... Feb 02, 2018

TAHC releases Kleberg County Fever Tick Quarantine Area

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program (USDA-CFTEP) released the Kleberg County Fever Tick Control Purpose Quarantine Area (CPQA) on January 26, 2018. The 17,397-acre CPQA was established by TAHC and USDA-CFTEP in December 2014 after cattle fever ticks were discovered on cattle located on a Kleberg County premises epidemiologically linked to a highly infested premises in Cameron County.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Feb 01, 2018

Ranchers hope to eradicate disease carrying tick from federal land

TSCRA has been deeply involved in the push to eradicate the “cattle fever” tick and the disease it carries since being founded in 1877. In recent years the tick has spread, and outbreaks outside of the permanent quarantine zone have occurred with increasing frequency: 2,969 premises across nearly 1.4 million acres are now under some level of quarantine due to the ticks. Ranchers in quarantine areas are required to meet the treatment requirements prescribed by USDA and the Texas Animal Health Commission, which in some cases can be overly burdensome and difficult to achieve. As the ticks make a resurgence and once again threaten the cattle industry, TSCRA supports efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Animal Health Commission to better control the ticks on federal lands. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Environment, General Discussion, Issues & Policy, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jan 24, 2018

Managing the impact of cattle lice during winter months

Cattle lice infections can affect the health and performance of cows and stocker cattle during the winter months. This time period generally ranges from December through March. The USDA has estimated that livestock producers lose up to $125 million per year due to effects of lice infestations. Not only can they be the cause of direct animal performance losses, but they also increase wear and tear on facilities and fences. The direct losses to cattle come in forms of decreased average daily gains (documented 0.25 pounds per day reduction in growing calves), skin infections, and potentially blood loss and anemia. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health Read more... Jan 19, 2018

Fever tick proposal includes grazing on Laguna Atascosa

A proposal to fight cattle fever ticks on federal refuges includes more hunting, feeding insecticide-laced corn to deer and grazing herds of cattle on protected lands. The proposal, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), is a sharp break with existing regulations — especially allowing herds of cows — on wildlife refuges dedicated to native species. Read more….

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jan 12, 2018

Panhandle white-tailed deer tests positive for CWD

A roadkill white-tailed deer collected by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel on U.S. Highway 87 between Dalhart and Hartley has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). This marks the first discovery of CWD in a Texas roadkill and the first case in a Texas Panhandle whitetail. CWD is a neurological disease in deer, elk, moose and other members of the deer family. It was first detected in the Panhandle in 2015 when a mule deer buck tested positive during routine CWD surveillance.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jan 10, 2018

Cold weather livestock considerations

Severe wind and cold can cause significant problems for livestock and their owners. Even without the threat of snow and ice, cold temperatures can cause major problems for cattle unaccustomed to such extreme conditions. The Colorado State University Extension provides a few tips to keep your cattle safe and healthy during the coldest weeks of winter. Or watch a video from the Texas Animal Health Commission about protecting your livestock from winter weather.

General Discussion, Animal Health Read more... Jan 03, 2018

Fumonisin not expected to be major yearly problem for corn producers

A “perfect storm” brewed up a batch of fumonisin in corn many High Plains producers won’t soon forget, but experts do not think the toxin will be a major recurrence in in years to come due to expected normal weather conditions. Fumonisin is a mycotoxin produced by two species of Fusarium fungi and can be toxic to livestock and humans at high levels, so regulatory limits are set on the amount corn can contain.

General Discussion, Animal Health Read more... Jan 03, 2018