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Public notice on outbreaks of avian paramyxovirus in Texas

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), a number of Eurasian collared doves near El Paso have recently tested positive for avian paramyxovirus, specifically Pigeon Paramyxovirus-1, or PPMV-1. Dead doves have also been reported in Alpine. Past outbreaks have been observed in the vicinity of many of the larger urban centers of the Trans-Pecos and Panhandle regions such as Midland, Lubbock, and Alpine, but outbreaks may occur elsewhere within these regions. The majority of PPMV-1 outbreaks in wild birds in the United States have involved Eurasian collared doves and rock doves (pigeons). The virus can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye) in humans, therefore, if you encounter multiple dead or dying doves, do not handle the birds without hand and eye protection. There is no known risk to cats or dogs from PPMV-1, but the TPWD recommends keeping pets away from infected birds. Some strains of PPMV-1 have been shown to cause disease and death in domestic poultry, so backyard chicken owners may want to take precautions to minimize potential contact between chickens and doves. Read more…

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

AgriLife Research study on fumonisin in beef cattle diets

Increasing levels of dietary fumonisin do not adversely affect feedlot cattle performance, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in Amarillo. After a tumultuous 2017 corn season resulting in grain price discounts due to fumonisin, Dr. Jenny Jennings, AgriLife Research beef nutritionist in Amarillo, conducted a controlled beef cattle feeding study to determine the dangers of the mycotoxin in feed corn. While this study does not change the implications of other livestock feeding regimes, Jennings hopes her findings will contribute to updating the guidance levels for beef cattle. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... Oct 12, 2018

African Swine Fever impacting China pork production

China has reported 20 African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks since the first case was discovered in Liaoning province on Aug 1. 2018. This Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) is spreading widely throughout farms located in the eastern third of China. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), USDA Veterinary Services, and the pork industry are keeping a watchful eye on the ASF outbreak in China. While there may not be a direct disease threat to Texas’s livestock farmers, it is appropriate that everyone takes the necessary precautions to protect the United States swine population by practicing good biosecurity. Read more…

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

Fall checklist for cattle producers

Fall is when beef cattle producers make many management and labor decisions, including repairing cattle-working facilities, moving cattle to fall grazing, assessing crop residue opportunities and wondering if winter feed supplies will be enough. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health Read more... Oct 08, 2018

USDA Wildlife Services World Rabies Day message

To learn more about World Rabies Day and what Wildlife Services is doing to combat the spread of rabies in order to protect public health, pets and livestock, watch a short video message from Janet Bucknall, the program’s deputy administrator. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Sep 28, 2018

EIA in Dallas County horses

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has provided an update on equine infectious anemia (EIA) cases in Dallas County horses, the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported Sept. 19. There have been three cases of EIA in Dallas County, Texas, horses since June. Equine infectious anemia is a viral disease that attacks horses’ immune systems. The virus is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids from an infected to a uninfected animal, often by blood-feeding insects such as horseflies. It can also be transmitted through the use of blood-contaminated instruments or needles. A Coggins test screens horses’ blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of EIA. Most U.S. states require horses to have proof of a negative Coggins test in order to travel. –The Horse Read more…

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

Tropical development likely in the Gulf of Mexico with chance for heavy rains in Texas

With the probability of extensive rain and high winds throughout much of the state from a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, Texans should take measures to prepare their houses, farms and ranches for what may come. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has a variety of resources and information to help you prepare. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Sep 12, 2018

Flooding: How you can prepare

Tropical storms, hurricanes, and thunderstorms can cause flooding with little or no warning. Severe weather has the potential to cause catastrophic loss of life and property, financial, and environment damage to local communities. Animals may be displaced and need temporary sheltering, housing feeding, and care. They may also be injured or diseased and need veterinary attention. Prepare now to protect your livestock and pets during flooding. The Texas Animal Health Commission offers fact sheets on what to do before, during and after a flood. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Sep 12, 2018

Are you and your horses ready for emergency evacuation?

The Horse and the University of California, Davis, Center for Equine Health have partnered to help protect you and your horses from natural disaster. Test your preparedness and learn potentially life-saving tricks with an interactive guide. Read more… 

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Sep 07, 2018

Editorial: Support animal agriculture disease preparedness in the 2018 Farm Bill

With negotiations on the 2018 Farm Bill expected to heat up this week, agricultural producers across Texas and are anxiously watching for signs of progress. The farm bill authorizes many programs designed to support farmers and ranchers, but one new provision deserves special attention from lawmakers: the creation of a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 04, 2018