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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.

Coronavirus: Human strain causes fear, but domestic livestock strains are routine

published: March 6th 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter, Texas AgriLife Today

While wildlife may be source of China outbreak, livestock coronaviruses are common worldwide  Many people are hearing about coronavirus for the first time as the China strain, COVID-19, affecting humans causes concern all across the world....

What’s Next for Food Animal Antibiotics?

published: February 28th 2020 by: Dr.Michelle Arnold source: UK Veterinary Diagnostic Labroatory

What is “antibiotic resistance”? When an antibiotic is no longer useful against an infection because the targeted bacteria changed in some way that protected it from the effects of the drug (antibiotic), this is referred to as “antibiotic resistance”....

Testing your beef cattle for Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus

published: February 20th 2020 by: Russ Daly source: Igro

Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) is among the most important patho-gens affecting today’s beef and dairy cattle operations. Associated with reproductive, digestive, and respiratory illnesses in cattle, the virus can also create a congenital, persistent infection in calves, greatly aiding the virus’ spread within and between herds....

Cattle Disease Traceability continues advancing

published: February 20th 2020

Cattle organizations from major beef producing regions launch U.S. CattleTrace MANHATTAN, Kan. – Multiple state cattlemen’s organizations from major beef producing regions have partnered together to form U....

Novel Coronavirus and livestock: Is there a connection?

published: February 20th 2020 by: Russ Daly source: Igrow

When reports of the novel coronavirus epidemic in China first hit the U.S., very few people had likely heard of coronaviruses, with some notable exceptions: cattle producers and their veterinarians.     It’s not that people involved with cattle health have any particular insight into the increasing human toll the novel coronavirus is inflicting overseas....

Willacy County dipping vat is now open to the public

published: January 10th 2020

Austin, TX – The Texas Animal Health Commis-sion (TAHC) is pleased to announce, the Willacy County dipping vat is open and ready to receive cattle for fever tick treatment.      “The TAHC hopes the new dipping vat will provide cattlemen near, and within the Willacy County fever tick quarantine area, a convienent way to protect and treat their herds for fever ticks,” said Dr....

Hands-on foot-and-mouth disease field training available for the first time to North American private sector livestock veterinarians

published: December 20th 2019 by: Laura Muntean source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas A&M AgriLife and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciencesare offering the first-ever field training for North American private-sector veterinarians and state and federal animal health officials for foot-and-mouth disease....

Chronic Wasting Disease: detecting the disease plaguing Texas’ deer populations

published: December 13th 2019 source: American Simbrah Breeders

What is Chronic Wasting Disease?     CWD is a progressive neurological disease that affects several cervid species. The CWD susceptible species are white-tailed deer, black-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, red deer, reindeer, sika and moose....

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....

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