Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beef Cattle Management Series - Final Class!



Beef Cattle Management Series - III
Travis County East Service Center
 6011 Blue Bluff Rd., Austin, Texas 78724
September 17, 2015


9:00 - 9:30 a.m.           Registration

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.           Soil Testing Campaign - Rachel Bauer

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.         Trailer Laws Update – Texas Department of Public Safety

10:45 - Noon               How to control Predatory / Scavenging Birds & Controlling the Coyote Population around your beef herd - Jacob Hetzel, Wildlife Biologist, TWS(Texas Wildlife Services)

Noon -  12:45 p.m.      Lunch – Tres Amigos (RSVP & pay by Sept. 14th to ensure an accurate meal count) Lunch Speaker: Usage of Texas Beef Checkoff dollars - Mike McCravey, Industry Relations Manager, Texas Beef Council

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.         Horn Fly Research on the Travis/Bastrop County Line - Julie Zimmerman

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.           Feral Hog Diseases and Beef Cattle - Jacob Hetzel, Wildlife Biologist, TWS

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.           Beef Herd Health - Dr. Floron “Buddy” Faries, DVM, State AgriLife Veterinarian, (Ret.)

3:00  p.m.                    Wrap up & Evaluation                     

Registration is $25 per person if paid by Sept. 14 to the Bastrop County Extension Office at 901 Pecan Street in Bastrop or the Travis County Extension Office at 1600B Smith Road in Austin, 78721.  Late registration onsite is $30.  Make checks or money orders payable to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension acct. #280100-60020 (no cash will be accepted).   This program is co-sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Bastrop & Travis Counties.  Three hours of CEU credits  (3 hours in Integrated Pest Management category) will be offered to commercial, non-commercial and private pesticide applicators.  

Person with disabilities who plan to attend meetings or functions who may need auxiliary aids or services are requested to contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Bastrop County at (512) 581-7186 two days prior to the event so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.  The Texas A&M University System, U. S. Department of Agriculture and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Info on chiggers from AgriLife Entomologist, Wizzie Brown

Ahhhh....the joys of rain.  While we haven't had rain in the past week, we are still dealing with the rain the we got in May.  I've been getting a lot of questions about mosquitoes of course.  I've also been getting questions on chiggers.  This is one that we really haven't had to deal with since it's been on the dry side.

Chiggers are the larvae, or immature stage, of a mite. These larval mites climb onto people when they walk through infested areas. The chiggers climb up the person's body seeking out a suitable feeding spot. They prefer to feed in areas where skin is thinnest or where clothing fits tightly. This often leads them to ankles, waist area, behind the knees, armpits and the groin area.

Chiggers do not- let me say that again....DO NOT- burrow into the skin as many people believe. "Smothering" them by painting the bite area with nail polish will not do anything to relieve discomfort. Instead of burrowing, chiggers inject a digestive enzyme into the skin which breaks down skin cells. The chiggers eat the broken down skin cells. Itching and redness from chiggers is caused by the body's reaction to the enzymes chiggers inject. Itching typically begins 3-6 hours after being bitten, peaks at 24 hours and may last up to 2 weeks.

Try to avoid chigger infested areas. If that is not possible, then here are some suggestions:
  • wear protective clothing: tightly woven items that fit loosely that include long sleeves and pants with shoes and boots
  • tuck pant legs into boots
  • avoid sitting on the ground
  • remove and launder clothing ASAP after being in infested areas
  • shower/ bathe after being in infested areas; scrub vigorously with a washcloth
  • before entering chigger infested areas, use an insect repellent with DEET or picaridin
To treat chigger infestations around the home, try the following:
  • keeping the lawn mowed
  • maintain vegetation; do not allow vegetation to grow high and keep brush cleared
  • fill in any low lying areas that remain damp or moist
  • try treating with residual pesticide sprays (pyrethroids)- read and follow all label instructions!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Floods, Crop Newsletter & Horn Flies

Greetings All,


Well, I said I was going to try to change my ways and use a different format for our blog.  Needless to say it didn't work.  I am no tech whiz, so we will go back to this format for a while.  To catch you up on what's going on...it's raining, in case you've been living in a cave. 

Suffered Ag Loss in Storms?

If you suffered from agriculture losses from flooding, not including horses or fences in a flood zone, please let me know - as we need to report that to the USDA (FSA).  Just e-mail me: jzansley@ag.tamu.edu and I will put you in touch with our FSA representative for Travis County.  If you already reported damages to him...Thank you! 

If you do not reside in Travis County, but need assistance, I will be glad to put you in touch with your local USDA office.


Row Crop Newsletter

The fine folks at Texas A&M AgriLife started a row crop online newsletter.  It can be subscribed to, just like you did this blog, or you can just go check on it: http://agrilife.org/texasrowcrops/
Once you're on the website, check out the "current articles" tab for great info that came out today! 

Their current articles include:
- How Waterlogged Soils Impact Cotton Growth and Management Decisions
- Impact of Ponded Water/Flooding on Corn & Sorghum
- Updated Texas A&M AgriLife Weed Control Guides: Grain Sorghum, Sunflower
- Pre-Harvest Sprouting Threatening 2015 Texas Wheat Crop

Attention Wheat Farmers:

You will be receiving a few pieces of mail from me in the next few days, in snail mail.  Find the letter-opener that you have hidden somewhere...  If you somehow didn't get on the list, I sent the following print outs to those on our mailing list:

http://agecoext.tamu.edu/resources/library/newsletters/food-and-fiber-economics/

Horn Fly Control in Cattle

A few weeks ago I started a Horn Fly result demonstration with a cooperator in East Travis County under the guidance of Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Veterinary Entomologist.  We are testing 3 different types of Horn Fly ear tags efficacy.  Even though we've only had the program going a few weeks, we are already seeing one brand taking the lead.  I will leave that as a teaser; the true test will be how long they last.  We are treating all the herds under the same management practices and in neighboring pastures. 



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Technology: My best friend or worst nightmare?

I have recently been struggling with this blog.  As you can see there is nothing posted on the left side in the calendar section...well, it is simply because it's not working.  Now granted, that could be user error.  I won't lie, I'm not always at the top of the tech game.  With that said, if this reaches your inbox, I have a request of you.  I will be working with a tech guru soon to be redesigning this blog and changing it to a different format and also creating a new one designated to new landowners in Central Texas.  I will do my best to continue to post to this, but for the time being would like to create a bank of all your e-mail addresses so that I may simply add you to an e-mail and directly contact you with upcoming programs or educational pieces. 

Send an e-mail titled: "Count me in" to jzansley@ag.tamu.edu

to receive these e-mail updates and be on my.  Also, once we've created the new blog, you will automatically be added to receive e-mails.  I hope to get rid of this specific blog and be transitioned to the new blog by early 2015.
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"And now for something completely different" (any Monty Python fans?***all smiles)

We see children and adults alike with faces buried in cell phones and tablets constantly.  Average society today is 5 generations removed from the farm.  People don't know where their food comes from.  I have decided that I want to show the world all the wonderful things in agriculture going on right here under their noses daily.  I've jumped on the bandwagon...Instagram.  Now, if you are like I was you just shook your head and said heck no...that's okay!  Honestly, YOU know where your food comes from and know about farming and ranching, what my second charge to you in this e-mail is to tell your friends, kids, and everyone you know about this new Instagram account.  My user name is: traviscountyagagent - it's all run together. 

Our goal is to teach others about agriculture in Central Texas and where people's food comes from.  Please help me by encouraging everyone you know to follow me on Instagram:

Traviscountyagagent


Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing your faces on Instagram.  Get your kids and grandkids involved.  They need to see what's happening around them.  I've already got a handful of photos and have been interacting! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Travis & Bastrop County update on Vesicular Stomatitis 7/25/14



Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in Texas Update



The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of eight new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Central Texas. Five new premises are located in Travis County and three new premises are in Bastrop County.
  • One premises is located 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 6 miles southeast of Spicewood in Travis County
  • One premises is located 8 miles northwest of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 4 miles northwest of Webberville in Travis County
  • One premises is located 2 miles south of Garfield in Travis County
  • One premises is located 3.5 miles northwest of Webberville in Travis County
  • One premises is located 2.5 miles northwest of Webberville in Travis County 
To date, 21 premises in eight Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Affected counties include(d): Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop, Travis and Guadalupe counties. Four premises have been released from quarantine: 1 in Kinney county, 2 in Nueces county and 1 in San Patricio county.
*Case= A premises; a location*

Monday, July 21, 2014

Update Number 2 on VS



One waits around all day for an update and I'll be if it didn't happen right after I posted the first time on the subject.  My apologies for back to back info.  -Julie Ansley

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On July 18, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of three new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Central Texas. One premises is located 4 miles east of Webberville, TX in Bastrop County, one premises is located 1 mile northwest of Webberville in Travis County, and one premises is located 8 miles southeast of Seguin in Guadalupe County.
  
To date, 13 premises in eight Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Affected counties include(d): Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop, Travis and Guadalupe counties. The Kinney county premises and one premises in Nueces county have been released from quarantine.
*Case= A premises; a location*
  
The newly identified infected premises are currently under quarantine by the TAHC. Affected horses will be monitored by regulatory veterinarians while under quarantine.  Premises are eligible for quarantine release 21 days after all lesions have healed. There is no known exposure to other horses around the state, or at any equine events.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in Travis & Bastrop Counties

The note below is the latest update from the Texas Animal Health Commission on Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).  In a recent conversation with the local inspector for the Bastrop & Travis County area, he informed me that “we currently have several premises under quarantine or hold order in Travis and Bastrop Counties”.  I will keep you up to date as this develops, however, I encourage you all to check the Texas Animal Health Commission website and subscribe as well.   http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/

From the Texas Animal Health Commission, July 11, 2014  
“On July 10, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of two new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Bastrop and Travis counties in Central Texas. One premises is located 2 miles east of Webberville, TX in Travis County. The other premise is located 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County. To date, 10 premises in seven Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Those counties include: Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop and Travis counties. Note: The Kinney county premises has been released from quarantine.     
The newly identified infected premises are currently under quarantine by the TAHC. Affected horses will be monitored by regulatory veterinarians while under quarantine.  Premises are eligible for quarantine release 21 days after all lesions have healed. There is no known exposure to other horses around the state, or at any equine events.”

From Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Contestants who are preparing to haul horses to shows and contests this summer, including the Texas State 4-H Horse Show, should be cautioned about the importance of using best management practices for disease prevention and good biosecurity practices at all times.
Horse owners should be encouraged to follow important practices such as:  do not comingle your horses with other horses of unknown origin; do not water horses out of a community water trough (each should have their own buckets); do not share halters and bridle bits between horses without first thoroughly washing and disinfecting them; thoroughly clean hands and all equipment when working around multiple horses’ faces and mouths; do not pet other horses on the nose, then go pet your own horse; never use the same needle for injections or vaccinations of multiple horses; use a good insect control spray to protect horses from biting insects.  Under the circumstances, it might even be advisable to carry a spray bottle of stall disinfectant to horse shows and disinfect stalls before putting your horse in stalls at show facilities.