Vesicular stomatitis detected in 2 New Mexico horses

The U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has (APHIS) confirmed that 2 horses in Otero County, N.M., tested positive for Vesicular stomatitis (VS). The horses were tested after lesions were observed on both animals. The New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is working with APHIS on an epidemiological investigation. Read more…

New leader training held in Fort Worth

Education helps leaders use their volunteer time with TSCRA more efficiently; therefore, TSCRA offers a 2-day training session each May. This year’s session included orientation for new board members, meetings to further develop the board engagement plan, a review of progress on the strategic plan and a look ahead to the 2013 session of the Texas Legislature. This training at the headquarters in Fort Worth also allows the volunteer leaders time to meet and visit with staff members from all departments at TSCRA. Read more…

Texas cattle still healthy despite cuts to health commission

The job of keeping Texas’ cattle industry healthy and vibrant just got more difficult. In the past year, ranchers and state veterinary authorities have battled the worst drought in decades only to absorb massive a cutback in state funds to fight disease and maintain livestock health. And while Texas hasn’t had a serious outbreak of livestock disease in decades, those in the industry warn it may get harder to protect state herds from illnesses that still threaten many parts of the world. Read more…

Drought fears hang over Texas cattle auction

A devastating drought in Texas has ranchers wondering what the cattle market may bring this summer. Improving weather conditions brought out resilient Texas ranchers to buy at a recent auction and discuss how they’re being impacted by both the weather and markets this spring. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in Eastern Oklahoma

TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5, has reported the theft of 11 heifers from a property near Howe in Leflore County, Oklahoma. On April 14, wires to a gate were cut and the cattle were loaded up and removed from the pasture. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for May 8, 2012

What’s surprising in early May is not that West Texas is so dry, but that the eastern half of the state is in relatively good condition, said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist and regents professor at Texas A&M University. Read more…