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TAHC NEWS VOLUME X NO. 6 2017 Fever Tick Amendments Adopted at Commission Meeting Austin, TX – The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) adopted amendments to §41.8 of the Texas Administrative Code concerning dipping, treatment, and vaccination of animals for Fever Ticks at the regularly scheduled Commission meeting on May 9, 2017, at its headquarters in Austin. The purpose of the amendments to §41.8 is to provide the Designated Fever Tick Epidemiologist (DFTE), with the approval of the Executive Director, the discretion to approve inspections, dipping, treatments and/or vaccination requirements that are less stringent than those currently prescribed, taking into consideration the circumstances of the affected producer, and the commission’s overarching goal to encourage producers to maintain cattle on affected premises. “Our goal is eradication of cattle fever ticks, and biology of the tick allows no shortcuts to reaching that goal,” said Dr. Andy Schwartz, TAHC Executive Director. “Cattle maintained on or near premises have signifi cant value as sentinel animals, and when found, become control agents of the fever tick. This rule change allows us to consider the rancher’s particular circumstances in developing a science based plan encouraging continued stocking with cattle while ticks are eradicated.” The TAHC strives to protect the health of all Texas cattle from fever ticks through surveillance, control, testing, and treatment of any livestock and/or wildlife that may serve as a host, while recognizing the importance of cattle production in all quarantine zones. The amendments to §41.8 will go into effect on May 30, 2017. For more information about the Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program, visit http://www.tahc.texas.gov/ animal_health/cattle/#ticks A Cowman’s Best Friend at Calving Time! Terry Hinton, MS - “I like my calf catcher very well. It saves lives and doctor bills. Planning to purchase a second calf catcher yet this year.” Marvin Schultis, NE - “My calf catcher works great! I would not be without it! Thanks for the great workmanship.” Andy Downs, MT - “Best investment we ever made! We rave about the calf catcher to everyone! ONE PERSON can now SAFELY and EASILY process calves without concern of the protective mother cow! Now available with a digital scale! Easy and Safe Catching! Safe Release! ATV and UTV Compatible! Watch action video at SafetyZoneCalfCatchers.com For local dealers or to order, call 877-505-0914 today! DEALER INQUIRY INVITED NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017 I WORKING RANCH I 93


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