TEXAS SUMMARY MINUTES OF THE 400th COMMISSION MEETING CWD TSE PRION TAHC April 17, 2018
V. SHEEP AND GOATS
A. Scrapie: The first positive scrapie case in Texas since 2008 was identified in the Panhandle in April 2016 and the flock and premises remains under quarantine.
Chronic Wasting Disease – NOT Approved – denied waiver to allow twin moose calves to enter Texas from a non-CWD monitored herd. According to Texas Administrative Code Title 4, Part 2, Chapter 51.10 all CWD susceptible species must meet federal requirements for interstate movements. Additionally, observation of an animal does not provide sufficient evidence of disease freedom, especially when applied to CWD.
A. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer (WTD): There are 5 positive WTD breeding facilities in Texas. The total number of positive WTD and current status of each facility is listed below:
Facility Current Status Number Positive
1 Depopulated in 2015 4
2 Depopulated in early 2016 5
3 Quarantined January 2016, managed on herd plan 28, 12 suspects, 2 elk
4 Quarantined March 2016, recently depopulated ~100 does and managed on a herd plan, 25
5 Quarantined May 2017, depopulated herd October 2017 2
In late FY 2017, USDA informed TAHC that some end of year CWD indemnity funds were designated to Texas for the current positive herds. USDA required complete depopulation of the newest facility (Facility #5) based on the smaller size. The herd was depopulated in October and one additional positive doe was disclosed. The remaining available funds were allocated to use on facility 4 to remove deer in high risk pens. Of the 100 deer depopulated in facility #4, 9 were positive and all 9 were in pens in the same section as the index pen. In addition, a hunter harvested buck at facility #4 was positive that was harvested in November 2017.
In facility #3, since January 2016, there are a total of 28 positives and 12 suspects (tonsil biopsy confirmed positive only at this time) WTD. Of those, 31 are from the breeder pens or grower pens (17 bucks and 14 does). In addition, there were 9 positives disclosed from hunter harvested samples from 4 different pastures (6 bucks, 3 does). And there were 2 positive elk cows disclosed from 117 samples in 1 pasture. Both cows were natural additions to the elk herd.
The free ranging summary for the 2017-2018 hunting season include 2 positive mule deer from Hudspeth County, 2 mule deer from Hartley County, and 1 WTD from Hartley County. The WTD was on the Containment Zone border and a slight adjustment to that zone will be addressed before the next hunting season.
Summary Minutes of the 400th Commission Meeting – 4/17/2018
Statewide exotic CWD susceptible species surveillance monitoring in ongoing. General surveillance includes any facility that is testing CWD susceptible species for their annual premise requirement. Hunter harvest samples include samples collected at check stations in one of the 3 zones (the Panhandle, West Texas, or Medina area). Samples collected on positive premises include testing to meet requirements for a positive premise herd plan.
CWD Susceptible Species Surveillance 2017-18
Exotic Species General Statewide Surveillance Positive PremiseContainment Zone* Hunter Harvest in Zones for ’17-18
Positive Negative Positive Negative Positive Negative
Red Deer 0 70 0 14 0 8
Elk 0 30 2 (cows) 115 0 19
Sika 26 0 1 0 4
Total 0 126 2 130 0 31http://www.tahc.texas.gov/agency/meetings/TAHCCommissionMeeting400Summary.pdf
FRIDAY, JUNE 08, 2018
Chronic wasting disease management in ranched elk using rectal biopsy testing URGENT UPDATE!https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19336896.2018.1436925http://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2018/06/chronic-wasting-disease-management-in.html
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018
TEXAS SUMMARY MINUTES OF THE 400th COMMISSION MEETING CWD TSE PRION TAHC April 17, 2018http://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2018/06/texas-summary-minutes-of-400th.html
kind regards, terry