09-04-2014 01:11 AM | USA

Texas producers rehearse livestock disasters

Planners in the Texas Panhandle — a major region for cattle feedlots, hog production and the dairy industry — have completed an 18-month $1.4 million program to help minimize and survive natural or man-made disasters such as a major disease outbreak.

The Amarillo Globe-News reported that an important theme during the Texas Panhandle planning process was the threat of diseases — such as foot-and-mouth disease — arriving through natural means or possibly by terrorism. The viral disease afflicts animals with divided hooves and can spread quickly, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. It was eradicated in the United States in 1929 but the USDA makes extensive efforts to prevent it reappearing.
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