Bovine Trichomoniasis Update
· As of 9/26/13, there are two positive trich locations in two Colorado counties: Park and Archuleta
· So far this year there have been six trich cases in five counties: Park, La Plata, Costilla, Las Animas and Archuleta
· A map detailing trichomoniasis sample submissions by county and the prevalence for trichomoniasis-positive counties can be found at www.colorado.gov/ag.
“Testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling this infection,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd.” “Trich” is a costly, yet preventable, infection that can affect dairy and beef cattle, which causes fertility problems, such as early embryonic death or abortion of the calf, and is asymptomatic in bulls. Colorado trich regulations require all non-virgin bulls changing ownership or being transported into Colorado be tested for T. foetus unless the animal is going to slaughter. Bulls on public land grazing permits or with grazing associations must also be tested prior to turn-out. Several diagnostic laboratories across the state offer trich testing; samples must be taken by an accredited veterinarian and results will be available between four to six days. For testing locations, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Livestock Health.”
Man dead in I-70 head-on crash near Eagle
A head-on crash on Interstate 70, early Sunday, has left one man dead and another seriously injured. At about 3:15 a.m., a 1998 Dodge van was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-70 near milepost 150 when it struck a tractor-trailer combination vehicle traveling westbound. The driver of the van – a 44-year-old Rifle man – was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the semi – a 50-year-old Illinois man – was transported to VailValleyMedicalCenter with serious injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Their names are being held pending notification of their families. Alcohol is being considered as a potential cause in the crash, although the investigation is still on-going. The weather was clear and the roads were dry at the time of the crash. Interstate 70 westbound was closed at the crash location for a time and traffic was diverted onto Highway 6 at Wolcott.
Five Signs You May Need to Better Insulate Your Home
The average family spends more than $1000 annually — nearly half a home’s total energy bill — on heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. government’s Energy Star program. Unfortunately, a large portion of those expenses are wasted due to poor home insulation.
Homeowners prepping for winter can stop the energy waste cycle by taking a closer look at their insulation. As one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste and lower bills, insulation traps warm air inside a home’s walls — similar to how a fleece sweater does for the body — to regulate a home’s temperature. But how do you know if your home is properly insulated?
“Fortunately, there are telltale signs that can alert any homeowner that it’s time to add to or replace their home’s insulation — before the temperature plunges and the energy bill rises.
The following checklist is a good place to start to determine whether a home has adequate insulation:
• Vintage home: Prior to consistent building codes, some homes built before 1980 were not insulated. If your home has no materials trapping heat, energy conservation is an uphill battle. Walls, ceilings and floors are the most important areas to add insulation for an immediate, positive impact on a home’s energy usage and bills.
• Non-stop furnace: Does your furnace seem to run non-stop in the winter? Adequate insulation leads to less maintenance on your heating system, as it lasts longer, runs less and will require less maintenance for long-term cost savings.
• Temperature inconsistency: If you feel cold spots coming from the walls or attic, or one room of your home is drafty and another one warm, you may need to beef up your insulation. The fireplace, walls and attic are prime spots for drafts. Look for insulation that can fit snugly in rafters and other tight areas.
• Roof hot spots: If your shingles are exposed after a recent snowfall, chances are these “hot spots” are indicative of warm air escaping. Check your attic for adequate insulation. If you can easily see your floor joists, you should add more
• Mold Growth: Mold in the corners of ceilings could mean your current insulation slumps and holds moisture. If this occurs, it’s time to replace your insulation with one that does not store or transfer moisture and is completely resistant to mold, mildew, rot and bacterial growth.
With proper insulation, you can improve the comfort of your home significantly and enjoy energy savings.
In high school sports this weekend:
Little Snake River Valley topped Saint Stephens (63-0).
Hayden fell to Rangely (14-13).
Meeker beat Lake County (46-0).
Moffat County lost to Eagle Valley (49-12).
Steamboat edged Montezuma Cortez (35-27)
Rangely lost to Paonia (3-1)
Steamboat fell to Eagle Valley (5-2)
Hayden beat Rangely (3-0)
Meeker defeated North Park (3-0)
In boys soccer:
Moffat County fell to Vail Mountain (2-1)
Steamboat lost to Centaurus (5-1)