Cattle Raisers Urge Congress To Keep Fighting Fever Ticks

US - TSCRA members voiced their support for USDA’s National Strategic Plan for the Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program (CFTEP) at their 2007 summer meeting June 2 in Fredericksburg.
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Left uncontrolled, the ticks could spread tick fever throughout the nation’s cow herd, resulting in losses of $1 billion a year to the beef industry and driving up the cost of beef for consumers.

In this centennial year of the CFTEP, cattle raisers urged Congress to appropriate funding for the program at levels of $10 million the first year, decreasing to $7.1 million by FY 2011.

TSCRA members also urged Congress to appropriate $2.5 million per year to USDA Agricultural Research Service to find and develop new acaracides for fever tick control on “wildlife hosts and on livestock, and to identify mitigation strategies that could aid in control of fever ticks.”

Dr. John George, USDA-ARS Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory, Kerrville, spoke to the joint TSCRA Animal Health and Agricultural Research Committee meeting, chaired by Austin Brown III, Beeville, and Dr. Richard Thorpe III, Winters.

Source: North Texas e-News
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