Commissioners informed of infectious cattle disease in county
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
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GOLIAD – Sheriff Kirby Brumby and County Extension Agent Brian Yanta informed county commissioners about the threat of a disease being spread by bulls escaping ranches throughout the area.

During the Dec. 9 meeting of the commissioners court, Brumby and Yanta said trichomoniasis, a venereal disease that causes infertility and occasional abortions in cows and heifers, has been detected in the county.

“Cows can get infected and a virgin bull can get infected and then that bull breeds with other cows,” Brumby said.

Goliad County has experienced a growing number of cattle getting loose and, according to Brumby, counties are being sued by livestock owners for putting infected cattle with their herds after they are captured.

“The officer typically tries to get the cow in wherever he can in a close proximity,” Brumby said. “Sometimes, the cows are several miles from where they’re supposed to be.”

Yanta said the disease has come here from cattle purchased from outside the county.

“Some of the ranchers around here bought bulls from out west where the disease is pretty prevalent,” Yanta said. “That’s how we have it in our area.”

Also during the Dec. 9 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved to amend the policy regarding the deposit of funds received from sale of equipment and/or vehicles. Previously, all funds were deposited into the county’s general fund. The amendment allows department heads to deposit the funds where they came from.

Commissioners also unanimously ratified an agreement with the Victoria accounting firm of Goldman, Hunt & Notz, LLP, for services not to exceed $50,000; unanimously approved the renewal of the service agreement for the VINE automated notification maintenance fee; unanimously approved the copier lease agreement between the county and Document Solutions, Inc.; and unanimously approved seeking bids for road and bridge materials by Jan. 8.
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