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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

With “mosquito season” upon us, horse owners need to be proactive in protecting their animals. The first step is to attend the Protecting Your Horse From Mosquito-borne Viruses program on Tuesday, July 1. Extension professionals have put this program together to help owners understand the threat, identify potential hazards in their stable and complete the cycle by understanding diagnosing and treatment options. The program runs from 6 to 9 pm and will be held at the Extension office located at 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown. The program is sponsored by the Williamson County Extension Horse Committee.

The first speaker will be Catherine Zettel-Nalen, integrated mosquito management specialist with the Williamson County and Cities Health District. She will address risks for the people who work around stables and horses and give suggestions on how to protect them.

Then Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Entomologist Dr. Sonja Swiger will address the hazards that contribute to a high mosquito population and give solutions to controlling the population.

Finally, Dr. Bo Whitaker, equine veterinarian from the Salado area, will outline diagnosing and treating the West Nile virus in horses.

This program will benefit stable-owners and horsemen whether they own one horse or 100 horses. There is no charge for the program, but everyone is asked to reserve their seat by calling the Extension office at 512.943.3300 by 12 noon on Monday, June 30.

For more information contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Williamson County at 512.943.3300.



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