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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]