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.