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Officials: Restock your diminishing cattle herds with caution

Dr. Ted McCollum, beef cattle specialist with the Texas AgriLife Department Dr. Ted McCollum, beef cattle specialist with the Texas AgriLife Department

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Amarillo, TX- Cattlemen in the area are being warned to be cautious as they consider restocking their herd.

Right now, officials say cattlemen thinking about restocking their herds should be patient, ask plenty of questions and make sure the animals are first tested for disease.

One of the biggest concerns is a disease that can impact the cattle population even more, called trich.

It's a disease that causes abortions early in a cow's pregnancy.

"One of the ways trichomoniasis is spread among cattle herds is purchasing of animals that might bring the disease in, so that's just one example of some health concerns that might need some attention as they purchase animals to bring back in to the area or to their herds," said Doctor Ted McCollum, a beef cattle specialist with the Texas AgriLife Department.

The disease is regulated through the state, But there is concern eager buyers looking to quickly restock their herd may not check a cow's health history.

One of the most important things the Texas Animal Health Commission says you can do is keep in contact with your local veterinarian And make sure you track what diseases affect the area you are purchasing the cattle from.

You can see regulations for the disease and other cattle information at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/

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