Texas cattle fever ticks are back with a vengeance

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

Texas cattle fever ticks, which made Texas longhorns the pariah of the plains in the late 1800s, are once again expanding their range with infestations detected in Live Oak, Willacy and Kleberg counties, said Texas A&M AgriLife experts.  

As of Feb. 1, more than 500,000 acres in Texas are under various quarantines outside of the permanent quarantine zone. Continue reading

Cattle fever tick discovered in Live Oak County in Texas

In Southwest Farm Press

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Executive Director Andy Schwartz has confirmed the presence of cattle fever ticks on a Live Oak County ranch after a bull on the property was evaluated by a local veterinarian and a suspect tick was found on the animal.

The incident prompted TAHC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a Control Purpose Quarantine Area (CPQA) for the systematic inspection of all livestock and wildlife hosts in the portion of Live Oak County surrounding the infested premises. Schwartz says property owners within the new CPQA are currently being contacted by TAHC and USDA inspectors in a comprehensive effort to contain movement of ticks outside the area. Continue reading

USDA APHIS assessment attempts to reduce population of cattle fever ticks

In Southwest Farm Press

by Logan Hawkes

According to a revised and re-issued environmental assessment last week, failure to take action to reduce the population of free ranging and tick-infected Nilgai antelope near the mouth of the Lower Rio Grande River in deep South Texas would likely open the door to re-infestation of cattle fever ticks into other and adjacent parts of lower Texas. Consequences to the state’s vibrant cattle industry could be dire.

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