Be Extra Vigilant of Your Livestock and Property

In light of recent terrorist actions, producers need to be extra vigilant of their livestock and property. The Texas Animal Health Commission suggests producers: Check livestock regularly. Immediately report signs of disease. Report suspicious activities, intruders or circumstances to local authorities. Be sure to record license plate numbers and descriptions of trespassers. Report sudden, unexplained

In light of recent terrorist actions, producers need to be extra vigilant of their livestock and property. The Texas Animal Health Commission suggests producers:

  • Check livestock regularly. Immediately report signs of disease.
  • Report suspicious activities, intruders or circumstances to local authorities. Be sure to record license plate numbers and descriptions of trespassers.
  • Report sudden, unexplained death loss in the herd, or severe illness affecting a high percentage of animals.
  • Report any blistering around an animal’s mouth, nose, teats or hooves; unusual ticks or maggots; or central nervous system disorders that cause an animal to stagger or fall.

The Texas Cattle Feeders Association adds these suggestions:

  • Thoroughly screen new employees.
  • Prohibit unnecessary visitors and ask employees to report unescorted visitors to management.
  • Get license plate numbers on suspicious vehicles.
  • Immediately report suspicious movements to police.
  • Keep and post a list of emergency contacts and throughout the operation.
  • Review internal safety and security procedures with all employees.
  • Report all threats, thefts, inventory shortages, vandalism and sabotage to police.

For more biosecurity information from the Texas Animal Health Commission, click here.