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Cattle industry secures 45-day agreement to reinstate spray boxes

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), Texas Farm Bureau (TFB), Livestock Marketing Association of Texas (LMAT), Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas (ICA) and South Texans’ Property Rights Association (STPRA) attended a meeting with Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Tuesday in Austin. The purpose of the meeting was to urge the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to protect the cattle industry by allowing producers to continue utilizing spray boxes as part of their cattle fever tick eradication efforts. The producers and staff that attended the meeting on behalf of industry were able to reach a temporary compromise with TDA that will ensure our ability to protect the health and well-being of our cattle for the next 45 days. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 09, 2018

Cattle Heat Emergency Alert this week

A USDA-ARS Cattle Heat Stress Alert has been forecast for areas of Texas and Oklahoma, including a danger on Aug. 5, emergency on Aug. 6 and danger on Aug. 7. Cattle heat stress forecasts are produced as a partnership of USDA-ARS with NOAA and National Weather Service. For more information on forecast methods and breathing rates. Read more… 

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

Need to haul water? Use a clean tank

No matter how well you clean it, a tank used to store or haul chemical shouldn’t be used to haul water to thirsty cattle. Any fertilizer or herbicide chemicals can leach into the plastic fibers and can contaminate any water with which the tank is filled. There’s no way to scrub, steam or clean it out. –BEEF Magazine Read more…

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

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Spray box shutdown, industry meetings and farm bill

TSCRA government affairs staff are continuing to work diligently to resolve a serious cattle health issue created by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s shuttering of fever tick spray boxes operated by the Texas Animal Health Commission and USDA–Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. TSCRA staff and leaders are also attending the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Summer Meeting in Denver and the 2018 West Texas Legislative Summit in San Angelo. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 03, 2018

Cattle raisers refute cattle fever tick spray box concerns

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced this week his department is shutting down the use of cattle spray boxes to treat cattle fever ticks in South Texas. The Texas Animal Health Commission and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers refute the reasons Miller has cited for the shut-down and maintain that portable spray boxes have been utilized for decades and have proven very effective in fever tick containment and eradication efforts. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 01, 2018

Protecting pets from coyotes and other wild animals

Although most wild animals mind their business and don’t bother humans, some wild animals, such as coyotes, can wander into human environments and cause harm to pets. Because coyote bites have the potential to cause severe body and organ damage, Christine Rutter, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommends that every pet that is attacked by a coyote, bobcat, or an unknown animal be evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Owners should not attempt to address wounds at home. A bite from a wild animal also poses another threat—the spread of potential diseases, such as rabies. –Pet Talk by Texas A&M Vet Med & Biomedical Sciences Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jul 25, 2018

Extreme heat: How you can prepare

The Texas summers can get hot and with proper preparation your animals can keep cool and hydrated during the summer months. The Texas Animal Health Commission offers a tips video to help keep your livestock safe. Read more…

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

Invasive longhorned tick found in New York

The New York State Departments of Health and Agriculture & Markets have cautioned New York residents, visitors and farmers about the continued importance of taking measures to protect against ticks. The Haemaphysalis longicornis tick, commonly known as the longhorned tick, was recently discovered in multiple locations in Westchester County. The longhorned tick is not native to the United States and is commonly found in Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia. However, these ticks have been found recently in New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Arkansas. The tick is a concern for the agricultural industry and may pose a threat to livestock. Farmers and ranchers should continue to work with their veterinarians to check their animals, particularly cattle, sheep and horses, for exposure to ticks and to ensure their parasite control plans are up to date and working. Symptoms of tick-borne disease in cattle include fever, lack of appetite, dehydration, weakness and labored breathing. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jul 18, 2018

Longhorned tick confirmed in North Carolina

The invasive longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) first identified in New Jersey in 2017, has now added North Carolina to its list of known U.S. residences. In addition to New Jersey, animal health officials have confirmed the presence of the species in Virginia, West Virginia and most recently, Arkansas. In its native range in East Asia, the tick is a serious livestock pest known to carry human and animal pathogens. –Drovers CattleNetwork Read more… 

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jul 16, 2018

USDA culls deer carrying fever ticks in Port Mansfield

For decades, hundreds of whitetail deer have roamed the bayside fishing village of Port Mansfield, eating corn out of residents’ hands and luring families who see them as a tourist draw. Last month federal officials killed off 90 deer — about 25 percent of the area’s population — after the deer contracted cattle fever ticks. –The Brownsville Herald Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jul 16, 2018