Texas Animal Health Commission
June 21, 2017
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is seeking input from all segments of the cattle industry affected by Bovine Trichomoniasis (Trich), a venereal disease of cattle that causes early embryonic death resulting in production losses due to decreased calf crops and repeat breeding. In 2009, the Texas cattle industry requested TAHC establish a regulatory program to address the disease. The TAHC formed the Bovine Trichomoniasis Working Group (Working Group), which meets at least annually to evaluate the program and make recommendations to TAHC for regulatory changes.
Since its formation in 2009, the Working Group has discussed the role female cattle play in the maintenance and transmission of the disease. This year, the Working Group is considering recommendations to TAHC regarding potential regulatory changes to address this risk. This is an important development in the Trich program as Texas' rules to date have focused on bulls only. Due to the significance of this development your feedback regarding female cattle Trich regulations is requested.
While it is commonly stated that most cows and heifers will clear Trich infection with 120 or more days of sexual rest, the Working Group recognized the detrimental impact of females not clearing the infection and potentially spreading the disease. In making its recommendations, the Working Group considered the lack of a reliable Trich test for females, and also recognized the critical role producer and veterinary education and outreach plays in the success of a disease control program.
The 2017 TAHC Bovine Trichomoniasis Working Group recommendations follow:
1.Restrict female cattle in Trich positive herds for the period of time the bulls in the herd are under quarantine. TAHC field staff and epidemiologists shall review individual cases to determine which cows and heifers should be restricted.
2.Development of educational materials focusing on the role cows and heifers play in maintenance of the disease within a herd, and in spreading the disease to bulls in other herds if moved or sold for breeding.
The Working Group understands that restricting the movement of females only while bulls are quarantined will not prevent infected females from spreading the disease once that quarantine is released. However, the Working Group recognized that limiting female restrictions to the length of the bull's quarantine is a manageable first step that emphasizes the role female cattle play in controlling the disease in Texas.
It is important to note that this Working Group recommendation is not a current rule proposal. TAHC is seeking your valuable input as an individual interested in the health of Texas' cattle herd. Any response will be considered by the Trich Working Group at their next meeting.
To provide feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include "Trich and Female Cattle Feedback" in the subject line of your email. Please submit feedback by October 1, 2017.
The TAHC appreciates your time, consideration and comments regarding the Working Group's female cattle recommendations.
Texas Animal Health Commission | 512-719-0700 | www.tahc.texas.gov
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Daily Market News Summary
June 22, 2017
•Feeder cattle auctions reported lower prices; Futures lower.
•Fed cattle cash trade inactive; Formula trades lower; Futures lower; Beef prices lower.
•Cotton prices mixed.
•Grains and soybeans lower.
•Milk futures higher.
•Crude oil higher; Natural gas higher.
•Stock markets mixed.
Texas feeder cattle auctions reported prices $3 to $6 lower. August Feeder cattle futures were $1.20 lower, to close at $143.45 per hundredweight (cwt). The Texas fed cattle cash trade was inactive today. August Fed cattle futures were $1.08 lower, closing at $114.27 per cwt. Wholesale boxed beef values were lower, with Choice grade losing $2.54 to close at $242.88 per cwt and Select grade losing $1.98 to close at $216.92 per cwt. Estimated cattle harvest for the week totaled 465,000 down 2,000 from last week’s total and up 17,000 from a year ago. Year-to-date harvest is up 3.8%.
Cotton prices were mixed with cash prices losing 1.00 cents to close at 67.25 cents per pound and July futures gaining 0.25 cents to close at 71.14 cents per pound.
Corn and Grain Sorghum:
Corn prices were lower with cash and July futures both losing 6 cents and both closing at $3.63 per bushel. Grain Sorghum cash prices were 11 cents lower, closing at $5.44 per cwt.
Wheat prices were steady with cash and July futures remaining at $4.16 per bushel and $4.68 per bushel, respectively.
Milk prices were higher with July Class III milk futures gaining a penny to close at $15.92 per cwt.
Stock Markets and Crude Oil:
Stock markets closed mixed today. Major U.S. indexes were mixed after Senate Republicans released their plans to revamp the “Affordable Care Act”. Their plan resulted in gains for health-care, pharmaceutical and hospital shares, but were not enough to overcome declines in other sectors. August Crude oil futures were higher, gaining 11 cents, to close at $42.74 per barrel.
This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor for Texas showed worsening drought conditions for the state, with 27.35 percent of Texas still in some stage of drought intensity, up 5.58 percentage points from last week. Additionally, none of the state remains in severe, extreme, or exceptional drought, down 0.93 percentage points from three months ago. On the national level, drought conditions improved slightly, with 19.50 percent of the U.S. experiencing abnormal dryness or some degree of drought, down 0.51 percentage points from last week.
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