Texas Animal Health Commission to Test Equine Animals in Kleberg County for Piroplasmosis
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has designated Kleberg County (South Texas) equine (horses, mules, zebras, etc.) at high risk for exposure to Equine Piroplasmosis (Piro,) and will begin testing equine animals in Kleberg County on Monday, April 8.
An informational public meeting will be held on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 pm at the Dick Kleberg Park Recreation Building in Kingsville. The address of the facility is: Building 501 East Escondido Rd. Kleberg County equine owners and veterinarians are encouraged to attend this public meeting. Region 5 management and TAHC executive directors will provide key information regarding the disease, testing, etc.
Mar 18, 2013, 03:50
McQuay Stables: Reining News
Tim and the Reiners successfully kicked off our Derby season at the Cactus Classic in Scottsdale, AZ last week. Tim pulled off the Reserve Championship (tie) in the Open Derby with Jerry Kimmel's Hollywood Gotta Gun (Hollywood Dun It x Katie Gun), the full brother to Dun Gotta Gun, marking a 224! What a way to start off the Derby season!
Mandy McCutcheon scored a 223.5 with Customized Gunner, to win the Non Pro Derby! Customized Gunner is by Gunner out of Custom Made Dun It, and owned by McQuay Stables. Mandy and Shiney Enterprise (Smart And Shiney x My Royal Enterprise, owned by McQuay Stables) also took home a check in the Non Pro Derby. Great job also for Jeanna Schaffhauser and Dunitwithasmokingun (Gunner x Dun It Doll) for also taking home a check in the Non Pro L3 Derby!
Mar 18, 2013, 03:49
Second Season of TX Pre-Green Super Stake Series off to a Great Start!
With 6 TX Pre-Green Stakes already over, the 2013 season of the Texas Pre-Green Series is already underway and paying big for enrollees. Adding more than $65,000 to the Pre-Green Hunter classes, the 2013 Pin Oak Charity Horse Shows and Spring Gathering Show (all held at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas) are certainly providing excellent opportunities to developing young Hunters. In addition to $2,500 Texas Pre-Green and $5,000 USHJA National Pre-Green Incentive classes each week, Pin Oak will host two $10,000 National Hunter Derbies, and Spring Gathering will host three $5,000 National Hunter Derbies. Don't miss your chance to win your part of the nearly $100,000 that will be given out this year through this program.
For more information, call Colleen at 940-367-3030 or visit:
Mar 18, 2013, 03:48
2013 kicks off the National USHJA Pre-Green Incentive
Program Already Successful!
With over 140 horses enrolled in the early part of the National USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program's first year, exhibitors and show managers are already benefiting from this great program. Don't forget to enroll all your eligible young horses for the pre-green incentive programs. Let us help you market your pre-green horses! The program consists of Pre-Green Stake classes and a Championship to be held in conjunction with the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. The Championship will offer a guaranteed $25,000 purse. For more information, call Colleen at 940-367-3030 or visit www.ushja.org.
Mar 18, 2013, 03:47
McQuay Stables: Hunter and Jumper News
Colleen and the Hunter And Jumper team enjoyed nice weather and beautiful views at the HITS Thermal Circuit in Thermal, CA. The horse show proved to be fun and successful for the McQuay Team! Congratulations to Brent, owned by Bernadette
|Bernadette Mulliken wins the High Adult Amateur Class!|
Mulliken (Week 3 Pre-Green Champion), Rafa 10 & Bernadette Mulliken (High Adult Amateur Champion, also 9th in the Child/Adult Jumper Speed class), Larry, owned by Bernadette Mulliken, ridden by Alex Ansteth (6th out of 65 and 8th out of 85 in the Level 3 Jumpers), Tony, owned by Showcase Ltd, ridden by Alex (good ribbons in the Low division, also 3rd and 6th in the Adult Am Hunters with Bernadette), Tumba, owned and shown by Bernadette (won top ribbons all 3 weeks in High Adult Am Jumpers).
Next stop for our Hunters and Jumpers: Katy, TX for the Pin Oak Charity & Spring Gathering Horse Shows! The show kicks off next week.
Mar 18, 2013, 03:44
SERCHA Silent Stallion Auction - Ends March 9th!
SERCHA Stallion Silent Auction Featuring These Great Stallions:
stallion owner contact name phone # advertised fee chute fee email address
Big Papi Brent/Brandy Naylor Brent Naylor 602-568-4104 $750 $400 firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue One Time Victor Cattle Company Debra Furst 817-279-8275 $2,000 $600 email@example.com
Cat Ichic EE Ranch Chris Stephens 816-868-1858 $3,000 $600 Chris.Stephens@ntalife.com
Cat Man Do WT Waggoneer Mowery Cutting Horses 817-596-4479 $2,000 $600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cats Headliner Ley Dixon 801-725-9987 $750 $600 CatsHeadliner.com
Cats Merada Furst Ranch Debra Furst 817-279-8275 $3,000 $600 email@example.com
Mar 2, 2013, 12:03
TAHC Releases a Portion of the Fever Tick Temporary Quarantine Area in Starr County
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is announcing the release of a portion of the remaining temporary preventative fever tick quarantine area (TPQA) in South Texas (Starr County), effective February 15, 2013.
The TAHC established a TPQA for portions of Starr County on July 3, 2007 following findings of cattle fever tick infestations on multiple premises. The size of the area currently being released in Starr County consists of 23,478.5 acres.
Previously released areas from the TPQA in this part of Starr County consisted of 42,111 acres released on November 2, 2011, followed by 45,969 acres released on December 21, 2011.
Cattle fever ticks are capable of carrying and transmitting 'Babesia', a blood parasite deadly to cattle. The fever ticks are common in Mexico, but are not normally found in Texas.
The release of this portion of the Starr County temporary quarantine area (TPQA) rescinds all movement restrictions placed on the livestock and wildlife within the 23,478.5 acres. With the release of this area the Temporary Preventative Quarantine Area for Starr County is reduced to one remaining small area consisting of 33,024 acres. The area released is located west of FM 649 in the northwestern part of the county. (See the map below which shows the area released as well as the area that will remain under quarantine.) A full description of the remaining Starr County TPQA may be found at www.tahc.texas.gov.
Feb 16, 2013, 12:16
Kelly Valdez Wins Youth Bridle World Championship on Smart Tic Tack; Adrianna Adams Wins Youth Limited Title on Wynsome Chex
It is the second NRCHA World title for Valdez, and the first for Adams
|Youth Bridle Champion Kelly Valdez|
Kelly Valdez admitted she was almost in nervous tears before riding Smart Tic Tack (Smart Mate x Tic Tackatoo) in the NRCHA Youth Bridle World Championship class. But when it came time to show, she regained her poise and piloted the 2003 mare to a winning score of 217 in the rein work and a sparkling 225.5 in the cow work. The 442.5 composite was good for $480, a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by John Hyde, a Gist buckle sponsored by Smart Boons and Kevin and Sydney Knight, a pair of boots from Rios of Mercedes, a $2,000 scholarship from the NRCHA Foundation, a bandage bag from the NRCHA, and a $50 gift certificate from Santa Cruz Biotechnologies.
"I was so nervous, before I went in, I thought I was going to start crying. I don't know why!" the 14-year-old La Junta, Colo., competitor said. "But once I got in the arena, the nerves went away and I just showed my mare. She was so good for me!"
Feb 9, 2013, 22:13
Ten World's Greatest Horseman Finalists Named
Topsails Rien Maker, Russell Dilday Top Preliminaries With an 876.5
|Russell Dilday and Topsails Rien Maker topped the World's Greatest Horseman Preliminaries in San Angelo, Texas.|
Proving that great cow horses don't come with an expiration date, the oldest horse in the World's Greatest Horseman competition, 14-year-old Topsails Rien Maker, won the preliminary round Thursday, Jan. 31 in San Angelo, Texas, scoring 876.5 on four events.
Topsails Rien Maker (Topsail Cody x Jameen Gay) was shown by his trainer and co-owner, Russell Dilday, Wynnewood, Okla. Dilday owns the stallion in partnership with longtime friend Kevin Cantrelle. Dilday piloted "Slider" to scores of 214.5 in the herd work, 219.5 in the rein work, 222 in the steer stopping and 220.5 in the fence work.
Dilday and Slider already have won the World's Greatest Horseman Championship together an unprecedented three times - in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Jan 31, 2013, 23:02
Agrilife Research scientist shares international experience in beefing up meat quality
Dr. Stephen Smith, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research professor in
the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station,
spoke about his international efforts to help bolster the beef industry at a
recent seminar on the Texas A&M campus.
Smith, at the invitation of the Norman Borlaug Institute of International
Agriculture, shared information with institute staff and others interested in
international agriculture about his years of research and practical experience
studying beef cattle from Australia, Japan, Korea and China.
His decades of research and investigation have taken him to Japan 14 times,
Korea seven times, Australia five times and China three times.
Jan 13, 2013, 00:28
ABILENE, TEXAS HOSTS 29th WESTERN HERITAGE CLASSIC May 9-11
Weekend Celebration Showcases Cowboy Lifestyle and History
The City of Abilene will showcase its strong western traditions during the 29th Annual Western Heritage Classic (WHC) May 9-11, 2013, held at the Taylor County Expo Center. This internationally recognized three-day event is designed to showcase the intricacies and vast history of the cowboy lifestyle.
The weekend festivities kick off with a parade and street dance on Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. Wagons, riding clubs, antique cars and tractors, bands and floats all sport a western theme in this colorful display and celebrate into the night on the historic streets of downtown Abilene with a free dance.
Jan 2, 2013, 12:29
New Cattle Traceability Rule Q&A
New Cattle Traceability Rule Question & Answer
What you need to know
Q: What age/class of cattle must have acceptable permanent identification?
A: Sexually intact adult beef cattle 18 months and older and Mexican origin event cattle of any age. Nursing calves, steers, spayed heifers, bulls and heifers under 18 months are exempt (unless heifer has calved). Dairy cattle have been under more stringent identification requirements since 2008.
Q: Do I need to tag all of my cattle?
A: No. Only the classes of cattle mentioned above changing ownership will need to be tagged.
Q: Where can I find the complete listing of all Commission approved permanent identification devices?
A: Producers may access the complete list at www.tahc.state.tx.us or by contacting any TAHC office or personnel.
Q: Do I have to use the free eartags offered, or can I use other acceptable methods of identification?
A: No. The free metal tags are not required to be used, but they are one low cost option.
Dec 6, 2012, 18:51
Happy Thanksgiving from TAHC
Nov 21, 2012, 23:18
The 29th annual Western Heritage Classic gallops into Abilene, Texas, May 9-11, 2013
The 29th annual Western Heritage Classic gallops into Abilene, Texas, May 9-11, 2013. Over three days, this internationally recognized event showcases cowboy lifestyle at its finest. Traditional events such as the ranch rodeo, working ranch horse competition and sale, chuck wagon cook-off and Rhinestone Round-Up Gala will return to the fun-filled schedule.
The ranch rodeo attracts some of the largest U.S. ranches, and working cowboys compete to prove their expert ranch-handling skills. But if you’re more interested in the “glamour” of cowboy life, the Rhinestone Round-Up Gala is for you. Dress up for a night of live entertainment and great food to kick off the weekend. Last year’s performers included Gary P. Nunn and Mark Powell & Lariat.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 27, 2013. For more information on admission and events, please call 325-677-4376 or visit www.westernheritageclassic.com. The Taylor County Expo Center is located at 1700 Highway 36 in Abilene.
For more information on this event, including times (which are still being determined), please contact Rochelle Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov 6, 2012, 23:38
Texas Animal Health Commission Seeks Assistant Executive Director for Animal Health Programs
Position Title: Assistant Executive Director for Animal Health Programs
Annual Salary: Director IV - B29 - $7917.00 - $9417 /mo. ($95,004 - $113,004/yearly)
(salary commensurate with experience)
Position Location: Central Office, 2105 Kramer Lane, Austin, Texas
Opening Date: October 17, 2012
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
The Assistant Executive Director (AED) reports to the Executive Director of the TAHC. The AED is responsible for overall management of all field operations and emergency management. Acts as supervisor for all regional directors and the agency emergency management coordinator. Assists the Executive Director as liaison with industry groups, stakeholder organizations, and other state, federal, and international government agencies. Extensive latitude for independent initiative and judgment.
Oct 23, 2012, 11:08
Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Livestock Inspector Employment Opportunity
Position Title: LIVESTOCK INSPECTOR
Monthly Salary: $2250- $3222 / mo.
(Salary and Classification Dependent upon qualifications)
Position Location: Position is headquartered in Zapata, Texas. Duties cover Webb, Zapata, Starr, Jim Hogg and Duval counties and surrounding areas.
Job Posting #: 13-03
Opening Date: September 21, 2012
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Performs inspections at livestock markets, feedlots, slaughter plants, flea markets, farms and ranches, and at other places where livestock, exotics, and poultry are gathered. Conducts livestock shipment inspection activities, as assigned.
Sep 25, 2012, 16:21
Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), and University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine – International Animal Welfare Training Institute Partner to Prepare for Large Animal Rescue
Some of the most compelling images from disaster scenes are those of animals that have been stranded and are in need of aid. However, when the animals that are in need weigh more than 1000 pounds and are frightened, rescue operations quickly become complicated and dangerous for both the animal and the rescuer.
Through an innovative partnership, faculty and staff at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine – International Animal Welfare Training Institute (UC Davis - IAWTI), Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), a new continuing education course is preparing first responders and veterinarians to safely handle and rescue large animals caught in disaster.
“It began when a colleague of mine, Dr. Charlie Anderson, and I developed a new sling to help with horses that were arriving at our clinic unable to stand,” said Dr. John Madigan, professor of medicine and epidemiology at UC Davis. “Soon after, we were asked to assist with the rescue of some horses and mules that were stranded in the Sierras using our sling and a helicopter lift. We were able to coordinate a successful rescue that resulted in a great deal of media coverage. From floods to hurricanes to wildfires, we have been able to perform successful rescues, and the attention that these operations garner has generated increased awareness of larger animal issues in emergency response as well as the recognition that veterinarians need to be involved.”
Sep 18, 2012, 14:04
Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Announces two Animal Health Inspector Employment Opportunities
Looking for a career change... Looking for a new and exciting career... The TAHC has two openings for an animal health inspector.
The Region 7 Animal Health Inspector vacancy is headquartered in or around the Gonzales, Texas area. Position duties cover Gonzales, Dewitt, Guadalupe and Comal counties and surrounding areas.
The Region 4 Animal Health Inspector opening will cover Henderson, Van Zandt and Kaufman counties and surrounding areas. Official duty station is to be determined, but will be located in one of the above-listed counties.
The general description of an animal health inspector is:
Performs inspections at livestock markets, feedlots, slaughter plants, flea markets, farms and ranches, and at other places where livestock, exotics, and poultry are gathered. Conducts livestock shipment inspection activities as assigned.
For a detailed job description on both employment opportunities, visit http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/agency/employment/employment.html
Sep 6, 2012, 15:07
TAHC Announces Horseback Emergency Response Team
TAHC Rides for the Brand
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is excited to announce its new horseback emergency response team. As part of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) state response structure, the TAHC is designated as the lead state agency for animal issues in disasters. Launching this group of approximately 20 agency responders will enhance the state's capability to assist the citizens of Texas with animal issues during disasters.
According to Amanda Bernhard, TAHC Emergency Management Coordinator, "Disasters in the past have revealed the need for responders on horseback to help with livestock handling issues. Public safety as well as animal safety can be compromised when displaced animals are found on public roadways, as occurred during Hurricane Ike in 2008. Experienced riders on horseback will be invaluable in capturing stray livestock, as well as assisting with other "search" or "damage assessment" operations in isolated or affected areas."
Aug 25, 2012, 16:34
US Outbreak of West Nile Virus May Be Worst in Years
Government officials in Texas have ordered aerial spraying of insecticide in Dallas to kill mosquitos carrying the potentially deadly West Nile virus.
An outbreak of the disease this year has killed 26 people and sickened perhaps 700 more this year across a wide area of the U.S. Texas has been worst affected by what is seen as likely the worst outbreak in years.
William Reisen, a research entomologist from the University of California at Davis, says the current wave of infections is the largest number of West Nile cases officials have seen at this time of year since 2003.
West Nile symptoms mimic those of common diseases like flu, making it likely that official statistics understate the extent of infections.
About one in five people bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile become ill. The disease becomes severe in less than one percent of those cases, and men and women over the age of 50 are the worst affected.
Aug 17, 2012, 14:11