Texas Livestock: Fever Ticks Spreading Fast

    Cattle fever tick in hand. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)

    The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Fever Tick Report for April 17 indicates that 161 “infested premises” have been reported (up 5 from last week), with 61 (up 1) in the Permanent Quarantine Zone (PQZ) along the Rio Grande River and 100 (up 4) in the non-PQZ areas. That includes areas outside of the PQZ in the counties along the Rio Grande as well as Cameron, Willacy, Kleberg, Jim Wells and Live Oak, where there are active infestations.

    There are now 84 Exposed Quarantined Premises (up 3), 39 in the PQZ (no change) and 45 (up 3) in the non-PQZ. There are 2,180 Adjacent or Check premises (up 4), 315 in the PQZ and 1,865 in the non-PQZ (up 4).

    No change in the number of counties with Exposed, Adjacent or Check Premises (44, but 8 are in the PQZ).

    In a meeting last month, in Live Oak County, Dr. Brodie Miller, the TAHC Regional Veterinarian for our area (in Beeville) said that there are nearly 500,000 acres in Texas under some form of tick quarantine. He also encouraged producers and their veterinarians to be observant of unusual ticks and report them to the TAHC.

    In Live Oak, there is no change in the number of quarantined premises of the number of infected cattle, horses or wildlife (deer) from last week but the numbers of checked and treated animals continues to rise (which is good).  There is no reported change in the trace outs in Texas or out of state and the quarantine area remains the same.

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