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Connect to AgriLife TODAY

Date: July 17th, 2014

Connecting to AgriLife TODAY is a great way to stay connected with what’s currently happening with agriculture around the state, nation and world, as well as the accomplishments of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

http://today.agrilife.org/


Identifying Deer and Feral Hog Tracks

Date: July 16th, 2014

Utilize this Texas AgriLife Extension video resource to determine the difference between a deer’s tracks and those of a feral hog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn3zlTeld0U


Texas Invaders: Feral Hogs

Date: July 14th, 2014

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

This video highlights the impact feral hogs can make and presents resources available for assistance in abating the exotic, invasive wildlife species damage in Texas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7mkGq5dPUg


Vesicular Stomatitis Detected

Date: July 11th, 2014

Source: Texas Animal Health Commission

Two head of cattle in Jim Wells County were recently diagnosed with VS after being tested at a USDA laboratory. VS can cause blisters and sores in the mouth area, teats, or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas and many other animals. This is the first case of VS in cattle in the United States since 2006 and these animals are being quarantined. For more information about this case and VS facts, utilize the Texas Animal Health Commission links and resources.

View News Release (pdf)

http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/news/pr/2014/2014-07-08_VSJimWellsCounty.pdf

Texas Animal Health Commission website

http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/


Strategies for Radioactive Decontamination of Livestock

Date: July 10th, 2014

Source: Colorado State University Extension

Access this link to watch an online webinar or PowerPoint to learn more about the proper process of radioactive decontamination in livestock.

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/eden/


Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)

Date: July 9th, 2014

Source:  Texas Animal Health Commission, National Disaster Education Network

Although PEDv was diagnosed in the United States in July of 2013 for the first time, it has not made an appearance in Texas.  PEDv is not transmittable to humans and is not a threat to food safety.

PEDv causes rapid dehydration in young piglets resulting in a high percentage of deaths. PEDv is a production-related disease that currently has no treatment, so emphasis should be placed on prevention and control.

View Full Article

http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/animal_health/swine/swine.html

View more on National EDEN

http://eden.lsu.edu/Topics/AgDisasters/Pages/PorcineEpidemicDiarrhea%28PED%29.aspx

View Texas EDEN Animal Issues

http://texashelp.tamu.edu/005-agriculture/animal-issues.php

 

 


Texas Animal Health Commission – Animal Health News

Date: July 8th, 2014

View updates and information about emerging Animal Health issues in Texas such as Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), Anthrax, Biosecurity for Swine Validation and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv).

http://www.tahc.state.tx.us

 


MERS Coronavirus – Updates & Information

Date: July 1st, 2014

Learn more about the MERS-CoV virus.  View information about the recent cases in the US, MERS symptoms and how to protect yourself from MERS.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

National Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN):

View more Texas EDEN Disease & Epidemic Resources »


Mosquito Control Videos

Date: June 24th, 2014

Source:  Dr. Merchant, citybugs.tamu.edu

Learn how to control mosquitoes at home.  These videos discuss the different mosquito control options including best mosquito repellents, mosquito foggers and natural mosquito control.

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West Nile Virus in Texas – Fight the Bite!

Date: June 12th, 2014

Source:  National Extension Disaster Education Network

West Nile virus mostly infects birds, but it can be transmitted to humans and other animals by mosquitoes.  West Nile Virus symptoms vary from no visible effect to flu-like symptoms, paralysis, or even death.

View all Texas EDEN West Nile Virus Resources »