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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.

Specialists use technology to stop the spread of disease among flocks

published: April 15th 2019 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

SAN ANGELO — It is a brisk morning in central west Texas. Sheep are penned behind the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service building in San Angelo. Several are run into a chute....

Effective parasite control begins with understanding active ingredients

published: March 27th 2019 source: Zoetis

  Using parasiticides in cattle without considering the active ingredients in those products presents dangers for an operation. Using different parasiticide active ingredients can extend the effectiveness of parasite control products and play a significant role in the management of healthier cattle....

Does cold weather contribute to pneumonia in calves?

published: March 11th 2019 by: Russ Daly source: Igrow

Prolonged winter cold has some fairly obvious effects on cattle of all ages. Cattle producers calving early on the northern plains are familiar with frostbite that nips ear margins and tail tips in baby calves, but all cattle are affected by the increased nutritional demands inflicted by prolonged cold temperatures....

Spray operations can continue but producers have option to hand-spray; TDA issues rule and seeks input

published: September 26th 2018 source: Texas Department of Agriculture

  (AUSTIN)  Returning from a recent meeting in Washington, D.C. with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and Under Secretary Greg Ibach, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced that progress is being made on his efforts to protect Texas cattle from any adverse effects from pesticide spray boxes used to combat the deadly Cattle Fever Tick....

Update on the status of cattle fever tick control program

published: August 10th 2018 source: Texas Farm Bureau

An agreement has been reached between Texas’ cattle organizations, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Texas Animal Health Commission that would allow spraying of cattle to resume in the fever tick control program for a limited time....

Expert: Texas outdoor enthusiasts, livestock producers, homeowners advised to watch for new tick

published: August 10th 2018 by: Steve Burns

STEPHENVILLE – Confirmed reports of the longhorned tick, Haema-physalis longicornis, in six states have prompted a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist to alert Texans to its possible arrival here....

High Phosphorous costs discourage overfeeding

published: July 27th 2018 by: Justin W. Waggoner source: K State Extension Service

Feed and grazing costs have been the primary input costs at the forefront of many cattle producers’ minds over the past year. However, we can now add mineral supplementation costs to the list of inputs that have increased in price....

How to Control Insects on Livestock Naturally

published: June 19th 2018 source: BioZyme

  (SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., June 18, 2018) The smallest of creatures tend to be the biggest pests around livestock. The warmer days and hot weather brings out the worst of the flies and other insects each year, and livestock producers continually look for alternative forms of insect control....

Vogel hired to support AgriLife Extension vet sciences certificate program

published: June 8th 2018 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

AMARILLO – Tyler Vogel hopes to help youth pursue their passion for veterinary sciences as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Institute for Infectious Animal Disease veterinary sciences certificate program specialist in Amarillo....

Anthrax confirmed in calf in Jim Hogg County

published: June 6th 2018 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials confirmed Anthrax in one calf on a Jim Hogg County premises on June 1. This is the first Anthrax case in Texas this year.The premises is located approximately 30 miles south of Hebbronville and has been quarantined....

Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy confirmed in Montgomery County horse

published: May 10th 2018 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

  AUSTIN – Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) confirmed Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), the neurologic disease linked to Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), in a Montgomery County barrel racing horse on May 9, 2018....

Timely management steps to combat external parasites

published: May 1st 2018 by: A.J. Tarpoff, DVM, MS extension veterina source: K State Beef Tips

External parasites during the summer months can be a heavy burden on cattle and producers alike. Painful bites and risk of disease transmission are  common issues with  these nuisance pests....

Don’t let trace mineral deficiencies sneak up on your herd

published: April 12th 2018 source: Purina

    Shoreview, Minn. Your cattle have been slightly off for the past several months, but you can’t figure out why. You have not changed your herd management, but cattle are not achieving the performance you expect....

Better test than guess on minerals for cow herd

published: April 2nd 2018 by: Jill Seiler source: Certified Angus Beef

Beef cows, especially the “easy keepers,” seem to make a living on a wide mix of forages across the country and for most of the year. Trouble in the form of mineral and vitamin deficiencies could lurk below that outward appearance, costing hundreds of dollars in production losses....

Preventing grass tetany

published: March 27th 2018 by: Sheila Grobosky source: BioZyme

As spring begins, it won’t be long before cattle producers are thinking about turning pairs out to pasture. Although that lush green grass seems appealing, there are hidden concerns that producers need to remember when turning out their cows....

Preventing scours in calves

published: January 24th 2018 by: Sheila Grobosky source: Biozyme

Calving time and scours. For many producers it seems the two go hand-in-hand. In a perfect world, producers would have ample calving space they could rotate to weekly with fresh, clean bedding in a protected environment away from Mother Nature’s wrath....

Colostrum provides healthy foundation

published: January 3rd 2018 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Beef Extension

Growing pressure from the consumer to further reduce use of antibiotics in livestock production is a hot topic. Many times in hot topic discussions, the obvious gets overlooked. I believe colostrum and managing cows to produce high quality colostrum is necessary no matter the production practice, but we should do a better job emphasizing colostrum in today's production climate....

Three Texas Veterinarians Awarded for Working in Veterinary Shortage Areas

published: November 20th 2017 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded three Texas veterinarians the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources....

Texas A&M scientists synthesize historical tick models to help curb the pest globall

published: November 15th 2017 by: Steve Byrns source: Texas AgriLife Today

               COLLEGE STATION – The battle against fever ticks rages on, and a group of Texas A&M University and French National Institute for Agricultural Research scientists are doing their best to determine where the fray will head by synthesizing historical models for use in curbing the pest globally....

Get ahead of lice with a plan to control the population

published: October 20th 2017 source: Zoetis

  The winter of 2016-17 was a challenge for controlling lice in the beef cow herd. Varying weather conditions may have been the heart of the issue as it means a critical adjustment in parasiticide application timing....

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