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AUSTIN -- The Texas Animal Health Commission adopted rules during its Sept. 10 commission meeting. The following rules went into effect Oct. 7.
Animal Disease Traceability. The purpose of the new rule is to establish standards for facilities which must be approved by the Texas Animal Health Commission to identify livestock as part of the federal disease traceability program. The rule specifically establishes the requirements for approved tagging sites. All facilities such as livestock markets receiving certain classes of livestock without official identification must be designated as approved tagging sites or be affiliated with one. Feed yards and slaughter plants receiving adult cattle must also be designated as approved tagging sites if the cattle are not harvested within three days of arrival at the establishment.
Brucellosis, Cattle from the Brucellosis Designated Surveillance Areas of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. The commission added post entry test requirements for sexually intact cattle entering Texas from the Brucellosis Designated Surveillance Area within the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming because Brucellosis, also known as Bang’s disease, is prevalent in bison and elk in those areas. Ranchers with sexually intact cattle entering Texas that reside in the designated surveillance area must obtain an entry permit and a post entry test 60-120 days after entry, or 30 days after first calving for heifers. Texas Animal Health Commission personnel will perform the testing at no charge to producers. Breeding cattle that previously resided in the designated surveillance area must meet the same entry requirements as those moving directly from the designated surveillance area, unless the cattle tested negative at least 60 days after leaving the designated surveillance area or 30 days after first calving for heifers.
Breeding bulls and post parturient female cattle entering Texas from these states are exempt from the post entry test requirement if the accredited veterinarian issuing the certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) verifies and includes a statement on the CVI that the cattle never resided in the designated surveillance area or have been tested at least 60 days after leaving the designated surveillance area. Heifers are exempt from the post entry test requirement if the accredited veterinarian verifies and states on the CVI that the heifer never resided in the designated surveillance area.
“I would like to clarify that animals from the DSA [designated surveillance area] will not be placed under a rigid quarantine upon arrival to Texas,” Texas State Veterinarian Dr. Dee Ellis said. “The rule allows the TAHC [Texas Animal Health Commission] to work with Texas producers on an individual basis to accommodate unique management practices. This includes practices that may require cattle to be moved prior to testing or testing at time frames outside those specified.”
The Texas Animal Health Commission is committed to working with producers from Texas, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming to consider other factors that may warrant future modifications to the post entry test requirement.
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