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With President Obama proclaiming November 13-19 as “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week and the World Health Organization aiming to increase awareness with World Antibiotics Awareness Week, we need to talk about the Veterinary Feed Directives that will come into play on January 1, 2017.

While animal agriculture often gets the blame for the global problem of antibiotic resistance, livestock feeders have been proactive in using the drugs appropriately. In Obama’s proclamation, noted that the nation’s public health is connected to the health of animals and the environment, especially with regards to the spread of disease. He also stated the he hosted the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship to bring together key human and animal health stakeholders to identify successful strategies and opportunities for collaboration.

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The Lone Star Healthy Streams program educates Texas landowners on how to best protect waterways from bacterial contributions associated with horses, livestock and feral hogs. “In Tarrant County a large number of our small-acreage land-owners have horses and enjoy the lifestyle of trail rides, horse shows and rodeos,” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall. To help land-owners understand how their horses and other livestock can effect water quality downstream the programs will focus on the Eagle Mountain and Village Creek watersheds.

On Tuesday, November 1 the program will be hosted at the Tarrant County Resource Connection at 110 Circle Drive in Fort Worth and on Wednesday, November 2 it will be hosted at the Fort Worth Nature Center located at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Worth.

Both programs start at 10 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend and a box lunch will be provided. However, pre-registration on-line is required at:

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Whether you own horses, goats, llamas or cattle, you need to plan on attending the North Texas Grazing and Pasture Conference. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 and will be held at the Magnolia Room of the Tarrant County Resource Connection Conference Center located at 2300 Circle Dr. in Fort Worth. According to the new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall, “This is a unique program that will address the economics of pastures, alternative forages and have a special focus on developing healthy soils that can maintain high productivity year after year. Whether you are a part-time producer with ten acres and pastured poultry or a commercial grower with 2,000 acres and 100 momma cows, this program will cover information that you need”. The program will began at 8:15 a.m with sign-in and the presentations will start at 8:45 a.m. There will be three continuing education units offered for pesticide applicator license holders including one IPM and two general CEUs. The registration fee is $25.

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The North Texas weather can have some pretty dramatic changes this time of year. Temperature swings are not uncommon from now to early spring. Animals may have a tough time coping with these changes. Horses are especially susceptible to developing an impaction colic when the weather changes and during cold weather. Be sure your animals always have access to water all winter long to help avoid impaction colic.

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Unconventional grazing systems typically involve an unusual management effort, an unusual kind or class of livestock, multi-species grazing and more often a combination of these three. “This is often the hall-mark of small farms in the urban area around Fort Worth and that makes this program a great fit for local folks” says new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agent Fred M. Hall.

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The 2013 Wichita County Junior Livestock Show starts today at the Bridwell Agricultural Center here in Wichita Falls.

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