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Emergency Preparation & Response

TAHC and USDA plan, collaborate, and coordinate with the state’s animal health-related agencies, agriculture industries, and other related agencies and parties. TAHC and USDA work to prevent and respond to foreign animal disease outbreaks, dangerous parasite or pest infestations, and attacks by bioterrorists. They are ready to assist in response and recovery during natural or man-made catastrophes, including fires, floods, and hurricanes, in accordance with the FEMA Emergency Response Plan and/or the State of Texas Emergency plan in the following areas:

  • Animal ownership identification
  • Livestock restraint/capture
  • Carcass disposal
  • Coordinating livestock evacuation
  • Consulting on animal health and public health concerns
  • Chemical/biological terrorism issues

Texas Panhandle Wildfire Relief

Wildfires have the potential to cause catastrophic loss of property, financial, and environment damage to local communities. Animals may be displaced and need temporary sheltering, feeding, and care. They may also be injured or deceased and need veterinary attention or disposal. Please refer to the information below to learn more about animal identification, livestock indemnity, and carcass disposal.

Agriculture Indemnity Program

  • The Livestock Indemnity Program is authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) to provide benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in axcess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather or disasters.
  • For more details, contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA county office, visit www.offices.usda.gov. To learn more about FSA disaster assistance programs, visit www.disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

Livestock Supply Points

The following livestock supply points are no longer receiving any donations but are distributing supplies to those affected by the wildfire until further notice. The TAHC is not involved in the donation or distribution process. TAHC is, however, raising awareness of the supply point locations where resources are available to producers located in counties affected by wildfires.

Gray County Livestock Supply Point
301 Bull Barn Dr
Pampa, TX
Supplies will be distributed by appointment only by calling 806-669-8033

Lipscomb County Livestock Supply Point
202 West Main St
Lipscomb, TX
Supplies will be distributed by appointment only by calling 806-862-4601

Hemphill County Livestock Supply Point
100 Hackberry Trail
Canadian, TX 79011
Supplies will be distributed by appointment only by calling 806-323-9114

 

Wildfire Aftermath: Beef Cattle Health Considerations

Smoke inhalation, burns and thermal injury, exertion, stress, and injuries suffered during escape can all cause longer-term effects on cattle that have survived wildfires. Some of the body systems that can be affected include: Lungs, Feet, Teats, Bulls, and Eyes. While a great number of surviving cattle will not show any long-term effects of a wildfire, cattle producers should be away of the potential of problems down the road. To learn more, click here.

Producers should always consult a local veterinarian to help them make treatment and culling decisions in the best interests of the animal and the operation.

Severe Weather: How You Can Prepare

Tornadoes and flooding can occur anywhere with little or no warning. Severe weather has the potential to cause catastrophic loss of life and property, financial, and environment damage to local communities. Animals may be displaced and need temporary sheltering, housing feeding, and care. They may also be injured or diseased and need veterinary attention. Prepare now to protect your livestock and pets during severe weather.

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Extreme Heat: How You Can Prepare

The Texas summers can get hot and with proper preperation your animals can keep cool and hydrated during the summer months.

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Winter Weather: How You Can Prepare

Winter storms and cold weather can impact animal health as well as human health. Winter storms can be stressful to livestock. Wind chills and prolonged cold increases their need for shelter, food and water. Prepare now to protect your livestock and pets during winter storms.

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