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This section carries late breaking information relating to the field of animal health. Here you will find articles written on cattle parasites, cattle dewormer, herd health, herd management and veterinary advice. If you have an animal health concern, we have information on animal health products and services submitted by animal health companies.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) in Texas Situational Update

published: October 25th 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

AUSTIN – Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) was confirmed in horses on a Collin County premises on October 22, 2019....

Remove the net wrap on your hay

published: October 8th 2019 source: North Dakota Extension

Producers should remove net wrap before feeding forages to their livestock. Cattle may eat the net wrap if it’s not removed. Eating excessive amounts of net wrap can result in livestock illness and deaths....

Multiple options available for producers working to manage cattle nutrients

published: October 4th 2019 by: Abbi Ross

Fayette, Ark. - Cattle convert grass into meat, but in doing so they have to roam large areas to gather sufficient amounts of plant tissue for growth and maintenance. Dirk Philipp, associate professor of animal science for the Uni-versity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said that in doing so, cattle redistribute nutrients and concentrate them in a confined area....

American Hereford Association working to identify pinkeye genetic markers

published: October 4th 2019

The American Here-ford Association (AHA) is collaborating with David Riley, Ph.D., Texas A&M, and Dorian Garrick, Ph.D., Massey University, New Zealand, to identify genetic markers to predict eye pigment and its potential relationship to eye disorders....

The value of body condition scoring cows

published: October 4th 2019 by: Joe C. Paschal

One of the easiest management tools that cattle producers can learn, and use, is to body condition score (BCS) cows. Usually, it is done 60 to 90 days prebreeding in order to have enough time to assist thin cows to regain some weight (and fat) before breeding to improve fertility....

African Swine Fever meeting set Oct. 17 in Lubbock

published: October 4th 2019

The Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Service will hold an African Swine Fever meeting Oct. 17 in Lubbock. The event is free and will run from 6-9 p.m. at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive....

Texas A&M AgriLife joins effort to digitize North American parasite collections

published: October 2nd 2019 by: Katherine Hancock source: Texas AgriLife Today

Parasites are more than just bites and stings – as vectors of diseases like malaria, Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, they play important roles in human, wildlife and livestock health. A new initiative created by the National Science Foundation will collect “big data” to better understand the behaviors of parasites in North America, and now Texas A&M AgriLife has joined this effort....

Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) in Texas Situational Update

published: September 23rd 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) in Texas Situational Update No. 11 AUSTIN – Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have released all premises quarantined for Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV)....

Texas A&M-led study seeks to understand management factors affecting BRD risk

published: September 20th 2019 by: Kay Ledbetter

AMARILLO – Animal welfare, sustainability and economics are affected when beef cattle suffer from bovine respiratory disease, or BRD. “BRD is hard to simplify as there are multiple risk factors and pathogens involved, but it is one of the biggest health issues facing the beef and dairy industries,” said Sarah Capik, D....

Tips for successful vaccination program

published: September 20th 2019

Successful vaccination depends on three critical factors: an effective vaccine, a functioning immune system, and administration of the vaccine before exposure to the disease. A vaccine may be ineffective if it is mishandled, if a booster is required but not given, or because of antigenic differences between the vaccine and field strains of the microorganism to which an animal is exposed....

Texas A&M-led study seeks to understand management factors affecting bovine respiratory disease risk

published: September 20th 2019

AMARILLO – Animal welfare, sustainability and economics are affected when beef cattle suffer from bovine respiratory disease, or BRD. “BRD is hard to simplify as there are multiple risk factors and pathogens involved, but it is one of the biggest health issues facing the beef and dairy industries,” said Sarah Capik, D....

Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) in Texas Situational Update

published: September 16th 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

AUSTIN – Since Friday, September 6, 2019, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has received a report of 1 new suspect vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) case in Ellis County....

Anthrax a growing concern in Texas as TVMDL confirms 18th case

published: August 13th 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

  SAN ANGELO — Anthrax continues to be a growing concern in Texas, especially through the “anthrax triangle” region, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist....

Tackling the economics of young calf respiratory disease

published: August 12th 2019

  Calving season is approaching in fall calving areas and getting those calves off to a healthy start is top of mind for cattle producers. Preventing respiratory disease is not only best for overall animal health and productivity, but recent studies demonstrate there can be an economic benefit for the cow/calf operation....

Fever ticks confirmed on a Jim Wells County calf

published: August 5th 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

AUSTIN – Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials established a Control Purpose Quarantine Area (CPQA) in northern Jim Wells County after fever ticks were discovered on a calf, originating from the area, during a voluntary inspection at a program dipping vat on July 22, 2019....

Texas Anthrax Situational Update

published: July 23rd 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

  Anthrax quarantines are typically lifted 10 days from vaccination or the last death To date, 10 premises in 4 Texas counties have had animals confirmed with anthrax. Animals include the following species: antelope, goat, horses, deer and cattle....

Remember your BQA Ps and Qs

published: July 15th 2019 by: Glenn Selk source: Oklahoma State Extension

  Calving seasons means calf working time isn’t far behind. As the majority of the calves reach their second month of life, it is time to castrate the male calves if this has not already been done and immunize all of the calves to protect them against blackleg....

Early remains the best time to castrate bull calves

published: July 15th 2019 by: W. Mark Hilton DVM, source: Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

A Kansas State University (KSU) study showed that bulls castrated and implanted at an average of three months of age weighed two pounds more at 7.5 months of age than did the intact bull calves in the same study....

Controlling flies

published: June 27th 2019 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Extension

The wet spring has certainly provided favorable breeding conditions for flies. As we progress into the summer it is evident that fly pressure is and will be heavy. Although all flies do pose risk of irritation and thus lost dollars to beef producers, it is important to know there are four main types of flies that bother cattle: Stable fly, Horn fly, Face fly, and Horse fly....

Cattle and bruising

published: June 21st 2019 by: Steve Boyles source: The Ohio State University Extension

Cattle bruising is an animal well-being concern as well a loss in economic value. When loaded, 60% of cattle are in the middle portion of a trailer, 30% in the rear compartments and 10% in the nose. Cattle rarely change position while a trailer is in motion, and the cattle typically position themselves at right angles to the direction of travel to try to compensate for the trailer movement and focus energies on keeping their balance....

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