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Animal health agency accepts comments on requirements
The Texas Animal Health Commission is accepting public comments on the following rule proposed at the May 13 commission meeting. The following proposal has a 30-day comment period and the deadline for comment submissions is Monday, July 21, at 5 p.m. A detailed explanation of the rule proposal is available at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/regs/proposals.html.
•Chapter 51, Entry Requirements, Cattle: The proposed amendment will clarify the Bovine Trich entry requirements and testing exemptions. The proposal adds new testing exemptions for out-of-state bulls enrolled in a Texas bull test station trial and for out-of-state bulls originating from approved Certified Trich Free Herd programs.
•Chapter 51, Entry Requirements, Swine: The proposed amendments will require accredited veterinarians to include a statement on health certificates issued on non-commercial swine entering Texas for purposes other than immediate slaughter, which should state that, “The swine on this certificate have not originated from a premises known to be affected by SECD [Novel Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease] and have not been exposed to SECD within the last 30 days.”
The Texas Animal Health Commission encourages and appreciates all comments. 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 512-719-0719, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information, visit www.tahc.texas.gov or call 800-550-8242.
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