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Blue-Green algae can threaten livestock

Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are microscopic organisms that can be found in all types of water including farm ponds. Some cyanobacteria can produce toxins that can be harmful to livestock affecting the nervous system and liver.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... Jul 21, 2015

Ask the Vet: New name for pasteurella

By Dr. Ken McMillan, DTN/The Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor Question: I got a report back from our state lab on a calf that died. It said she had something called Mannheimia. I have never heard of this. What is it, and what do I need to do to prevent it from happening again? Answer: Mannheimia […]

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... Jul 14, 2015

TAHC urges livestock and pet owners to protect their animals before disaster strikes

With the rain, flooding and tornados across our state, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reminds Texans to take appropriate steps to prepare your livestock, poultry and pets before disaster strikes. All animals are vulnerable to issues associated with torrential rains and floods. Such events can easily impact both animal and human health. Proper planning and preparedness are key in preventing or minimizing the loss of livestock and pets. Stay informed and protect your livestock and pets against potential severe weather threats.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... May 28, 2015

USDA awards research grants to increase food security through improved livestock health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced April 23 three grants designed to boost food security by minimizing livestock losses to insects and diseases. The awards to support research, education, and Extension efforts were made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... Apr 27, 2015

Cow-Calf Corner: Keep or cull open replacement heifers; Oklahoma forage conditions improving

In the April 20 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Glenn Selk talks your options when it comes to keeping, culling or buying open heifers; and Derrell Peel discusses the Oklahoma forage situation and what recent rains may do to drought conditions.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... Apr 20, 2015

One new positive found in 2014-15 Trans Pecos CWD surveillance

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in only one of 222 tissue samples that were collected from hunter harvested deer and elk from the Trans Pecos ecoregion during the 2014–15 season as part of a CWD surveillance effort. This sample was collected from a mule deer buck harvested in the Hueco Mountain area of far West Texas.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Mar 20, 2015

Bovine tuberculosis confirmed in Texas Panhandle dairies

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has confirmed bovine tuberculosis (TB) in 2 Texas Panhandle dairies located in Castro County. The infected herds are under quarantine and will remain so until the herds meet all requirements for quarantine release through testing and removal of infected animals. Dairy, calf-raising and dairy heifer raising operations in Texas and other states with epidemiological links to the infected herds will be tested to determine the possible origin or potential spread of the disease.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... Jan 14, 2015

Keep germs out of your expanding herd

As cattle prices go up, more and more producers are thinking of increasing their herd size. For many, this increase comes from outside sources- like a neighbor, sale barn, or video auction. What can you do to protect your herd from outside diseases brought in by new cattle? Any time animals are co-mingled there is […]

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... Dec 04, 2014

Oklahoma horse owners warned about spread of West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis

Horse owners in Oklahoma are being encouraged to vaccinate their animals against West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has reported about 40 cases of each disease in the past two years. Both diseases are carried by birds and transmitted to mosquitoes, which can spread the viruses […]

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion Read more... Jun 10, 2014