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Bangers, animal ID requirements comment period ends July 15

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AUSTIN -- The Texas Animal Health Commission has proposed two amendments during its May 21 meeting, to the bovine Brucellosis chapter (Section 35.4) concerning entry, movement, and change of ownership of cattle.

The first proposed amendment would establish an entry permit and post-entry test requirement for breeding cattle entering Texas from Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. The proposal would require all breeding bulls and sexually intact female cattle from these states to be tested for brucellosis 60 to 120 days after arrival unless they are entering for immediate slaughter or feeding for slaughter in a feedlot. Heifers from those same states must be tested negative for brucellosis 30 to 90 days after their first calving. All post-entry testing will be conducted at the owner’s expense.

The second amendment would remove the identification requirements at change of ownership for beef cattle from the brucellosis chapter. At the next commission meeting, a new proposal will be made to place animal identification requirements for adult beef cattle in a new Animal Disease Traceability chapter (Chapter 50). The existing dairy cattle identification requirements were not proposed for change.

The commission also proposed amendments to Chapter 40, Chronic Wasting Disease. This chapter provides for a voluntary Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program within Texas for species that are susceptible to the disease. Participation in the program remains voluntary.

Other rules proposed by the commission during the meeting include:

•Scabies Treatment (Chapter 39), to include new forms of acceptable treatment.

•Cervid Tuberculosis (Chapter 43), recognizing a new blood test recently approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

•Approved Tagging Facility (Chapter 50), establishing state standards for facilities that may identify livestock moving interstate as per a new USDA traceability rule.

The Texas Animal Health Commission will be accepting comments on all rules until Monday, July 15. Comments on the proposed regulations must be submitted in writing to Carol Pivonka, Texas Animal Health Commission, 2105 Kramer Lane, Austin, TX 78758, by fax at 512-719-0721, or by email to comments@tahc.state.tx.us. A detailed explanation of each rule proposal can be found on the Texas Animal Health Commission website at http://bit.ly/RowO2L.

For more information, visit www.tahc.texas.gov or call 1-800-550-8242.

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