New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Friday, March 24 Herald-Zeitung was 16 pages.
It contained 54 local stories, and 986 local people had their name in the paper that one day.
Band Boosters give scholarships
The NBHS Band Boosters recently awarded three $800 scholarships to three well-deserving seniors at the annual NBHS Band Banquet. This year’s recipients are Amy Grunwald, Bert Guzenski, and Barbara Ruppel. Amy, daughter of Kerry and Rusty Grunwald, will attend Texas Lutheran College and major In psychology. Bart, son of Gwen and Al Guzenski, will attend the University of Texas at Austin where he plans to major in accounting. Barbara, daughter of Mildred and Harvey Ruppel, will also attend UT in Austin and major in architecture. Each of the students will continue to panic! pate in band at their respective colleges.
Livestock owners alerted to watch for viral disease
"Old Timers Rodeo”
By JOE TAYLOR
Qounty Extension Agent
• Texas livestock and horse owners are being urged to be on the lookout for diurnals with excessive salivation, loss Of appetite, blisters or lesions around tjieir mouths, tongues, hooves or teats—a sign that their livestock has been affected by the Vesicular Stomatitis vims.
* Vesicular Stomatitis, which is usually not fatal, has been confirmed in horses in New Mexico in three regions: fn a 15-mile area around Las Cruces, fnd in 30-mile areas around Albuquerque and Silver City. A task force from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Services, has been dispatched to the state to assist state personnel with diagnosis and quarantining of infected animals.
i In Texas, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is urging producers to be alert for signs of the infection, so that immediate action may be taken to halt the spread of the disease, which has an incubation period of 2-8 days. If compatible symptoms are
noticed in any animals in a herd, veterinarians or owners should call their TAHC area office or the headquarters in Austin at 512-719-0700 or the USDA at 512-482-5555. An animal health inspector or veterinarian will be sent to the premises to assist in making a diagnosis. Affected and exposed animals will be quarantined for 30 days after the last lesions heal.
Vesicular Stomatitis is usually not fatal and has occurred with varying frequency in North and South America. Typically, the infection affects cattle, horses or swine, but sheep and goats, deer, bobcats, and raccoons can also become infected. Initially, an outbreak may be caused by insect vectors, but then the vims can move from animal to animal by contact with the fluid from ruptured lesions, or saliva. Persons who handle potentially infected animals should wear rubber or latex gloves, as they can contract the vims and develop symptoms including fever, muscle aches and headache.
Infected animals develop painful blisters that swell and break, leaving
raw tissue that cause them to refuse water or food. The blisters may also appear around the top of the hooves, resulting in temporary lameness. Severe weight loss accompanies the infection, and in dairy cattle, a dramatic drop in milk production occurs.
“Affected animals will usually recover in about two weeks from the vims,” said Dr. Max Coats, state epidemiologist for the TAHC. “There is no specific treatment or cure, except preventing a secondary infection where the blisters have broken.”
“A major concern about the vims is that the sign in cattle, sheep and swine are similar to the dangerous foreign animal infection, foot-and-mouth disease. Only laboratory tests can determine which vims has infected the animal. We are always on guard against foreign animal diseases, and that’s why it is very important to know which disease has affected a herd,” said Dr Coats.
In New Mexico, state and federa personnel are investigating 37 report: of affected animals. The team is advis
ing livestock owners to avoid congregating animals, to prevent the spread of infection. A number of horse shows, rodeos, and livestock exhibitions in southern New Mexico have been canceled.
Animals with any Vesicular Stomatitis symptoms should not be moved from the premises, as this could spread disease to other farms and ranches. The owners or veterinarians should call the TAHC or USDA immediately for diagnostic assistance,” said Dr. Coats. “To aid in preventing infection, flies should be controlled, and persons should remember to use rubber gloves if they handle any animals that appear to be infected.”
Perry pledges to cut paperwork for farmers
By DENISE DZIUK
Outdated regulations imposed by the Texas Department of Agriculture may soon be removed from the books thanks to an unprecedented sunset review.
Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry believes over regulation is a threat to the economic health of Texas and I announced plans for a sunset review of !all TDA regulations in an attempt to ;remove any that are meaningless or outdated.
; On Aug. 31,1996, the hundreds of •rules set by the TDA will expire. •Before then, the TDA will do a com-! plete review of each, determining if it I is still useful, if it needs modifying, ,'or if it is fine the way it is. Only the ; ones which protect the public and nat-; ural resources in the least intrusive ; manner possible will be kept. The pub-
• lie will also have a say in the future of
• the regulations. The IDA will listen to ! public comment on the regulations ; before any proposed changes or repeals ; are made, Perry said.
“We will debate, discuss and thor-
• oughly dissect them, and in the end ! produce a better, more reasonable and I more efficient regulatory program,” I said Perry.
| Comal County Extension Agent Joe ; Taylor said several regulations are nec
essary to guarantee the safety of the general public and he would not want to see them removed. However, he said Texans are overregulated and certain agricultural rules cannot be the same for people all over the state because there is too much diversity.
“It does need to be updated though,” he said. “Some of the things we were doing in the 70s are probably still on the books and aren’t needed anymore.”
Many of these regulations seem to serve no real purpose. One such example is a TDA requirement for butter and margarine that forces packagers to produce a certain size of product.
The current rule, which TDA is considering eliminating, requires that these products be sold in standard sizes of a quarter pound, half a pound, a pound, one and a half pounds, or 24 ounces. This rule does not allow the producer to follow consumer preferences, which may be for smaller sizes. Perry said this is only one example and he expects to find many more during the review.
“In the end, all these little, minor paperwork annoyances add up in a big way to hinder business and stifle economic activity and competitiveness. And that’s why unworkable regulations must be rooted out,” said Perry.
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