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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.

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....

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....

The environmental disease called pinkeye

published: May 31st 2019 by: Russ Daly

Have you ever thought about how some years get labeled “bad years” for a certain animal disease? We remember that “bad year” for calf scours. Likewise, there are “bad years” for calf pneumonia and even “bad years” for breeding on pasture....

Improve cow condition with earlier than normal weaning

published: May 17th 2019 by: Justin Waggoner

Although it may seem a little too early to think about weaning, early weaning may be one of the management tools that beef cattle producers may need to consider using this fall. The recent winter weather conditions have resulted in cows and replacement females that may be lacking body condition coming into the grazing and breeding season....

Wet pastures and foot rot

published: May 15th 2019 by: David Cantrell source: Oklahoma State Extension

Spring rains have filled the ponds and now the summer grass is ready to start growing vigorously. As the temperatures heat up, cattle will start to congregate around or in the ponds or other standing water....

In the long run

published: April 26th 2019 by: Katrina Huffstutler source: Certified Angus Beef

’Tis the season to think about parasites robbing your beef cow herd. The weather is finally warmer, the bugs and other little things are crawling all over. But what about those you can’t see? Recent estimates put annual losses from internal parasites at $200 per cow-calf pair, so it’s no surprise many research studies say controlling them offers one of the best returns on investment in the business....

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....

Preventive measures can be taken for grass tetany

published: March 22nd 2019 by: By Michelle Arnold, University of Kentuc

What is “Grass Tetany” and when are cattle most likely to have it? Grass tetany, also known as spring tetany, grass staggers, wheat pasture poisoning, winter tetany or lactation tetany, is a condition due to a low level of magnesium (Mg) in the blood....

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....

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