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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 Wildfires

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. To keep up with the current fire danger situation reports, visit www.tfsweb.tamu.edu/currentsituation/.

Lost or Found Livestock

  • If you find cattle or other livestock with official identification, document the number, location of the animal(s), and call the TAHC at 512-719-0733 or 806-354-9335 and TAHC will contact the owner. If you find stray cattle that have a brand, call Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) at 817-332-7064 for brand identification. Visit www.tscra.org for more information.
  • If cattle have strayed onto your property, you must report them to the sheriff's office in the county you are located in within five days of discovery to be eligible for reasonble payment for maintenance of or damages caused by the estray livestock. For more information regarding Texas' estray laws visit: Texas Agriculture Code, Chapter 142.

Reporting Losses: Affected Ranchers

Affected ranchers are being asked to call their AgriLife extension offices with any reports of dead or injured cattle. Office numbers of affected counties are:

  • Gray County (Pampa) 806-669-8033
  • Hemphill County (Canadian) 806-323-9114
  • Lipscomb County (Lipscomb) 806-862-4601
  • Ochiltree County (Perryton) 806-435-4501
  • Roberts County (Miami) 806-868-3191
  • Wheeler County (Wheeler) 806-826-5243

Livestock Supply Points

The following livestock supply points are currently receiving and distributing donated resources to producers impacted by the Pahnhandle wildfires. As of March 11, 2017, they have enough feed and hay to meet ranchers needs for two to three weeks. If you would like to donate, AgriLife Extension is encouraging monetary donations to the accounts supporting ranchers needs in the future. Contact the supply points if you are interested in donating. 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
Contact: Mike Jeffcoat
Office: 806-669-8033

Lipscomb County Livestock Supply Point
202 West Main St
Lipscomb, TX
Contact: J.R. Spragg
Office: 806-862-4601

Hemphill County Livestock Supply Point
100 Hackberry Trail
Canadian, TX 79011
Contact: Andy Holloway
Office: 806-823-9114

 

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Hay Hotline

TDA's hay hotline helps agricultural producers locate forage and hay supplies for sale. If you need hay or would like to donate hay, visit www.gotexan.org/hayhotlinehome.aspx or call 512-463-9360.

If you have hay to donate but can not tranport it, visit Hay Hotline Hay Haulers.

Texas Hay Import Precautions: Various types of hay can be carriers of pests and diseases that are harmful to other crops. Some hay shipments containing corn, broomcorn, sorghums and sudan grass may have restrictions on entry into the State of Texas. Also, hay imported from fire ant infested areas of other states will be limited to distribution in fire ant infested areas of Texas. For more information about restrictions on hay movement, please contact the TDA Agriculture and Consumer Protection Division at 800-835-5832.

TDA STAR Fund - Helping Farmers and Ranchers Recover from Disaster

If you are interested in giving to the TDA STAR Fund (State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund), visit the STAR Fund home page.

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.

Wildfire Relief

  • USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can help landowners with wildfire recovery and restoration. The NRCS can provide land management advice, and in some cases, financial assistance, to install measures that reduce post-fire damage and aid in the rehabilitation proces. To learn more, click here.
  • The USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following wildfires or other qualifying natural disasters. To learn more, click here.
  • For more details and questions contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA county office, visit www.offices.usda.gov.

Carcass Disposal

If you are affected by the wildfire, call the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ) regional office that serves your county. at 800-832-8224 or visit their website at www.tceq.texas.gov.

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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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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Emergency Management Training