|(a) Test Requirements. All Texas origin bulls sold,
leased, gifted, exchanged or otherwise changing possession for breeding
purposes in the State of Texas shall meet the following testing or
certification requirements prior to sale or change of ownership in
(1) Be certified as virgin, by the breeder or his representative,
on and accompanied by a breeder's certificate of virgin status; or
(2) If from a herd of unknown status (a herd that has
not had a whole herd test), be tested negative on three consecutive
culture tests conducted not less than seven days apart or one RT-PCR
test conducted within 60 days of sale or movement, be held separate
from all female cattle since the test sample was collected, and be
accompanied by a Trichomoniasis test record showing the negative test
(b) Identification of Bulls. All bulls certified as
virgin bulls shall be identified by an official identification device
or method on the breeder's certification of virgin status. All bulls
tested for Trichomoniasis shall be officially identified at the time
the initial test sample is collected. That official identification
shall be recorded on the test documents prior to submittal.
(c) Confirmatory Test. The owner of any bull which
tests positive for Trichomoniasis may request in writing, within five
days of the positive test, that the commission allow a confirmatory
test be performed on the positive bull. If the confirmatory test is
positive the bull will be classified as infected with Trichomoniasis.
If the confirmatory test is negative the bull shall be retested in
not less than seven days to determine its disease status. If the confirmatory
test reveals that the bull is only infected with fecal trichomonads,
the test may be considered negative.
(d) Untested Bulls. Bulls presented for sale without
a breeder's certification of virgin status or a Trichomoniasis test
record showing negative test results may:
(1) Be sold for movement only directly to slaughter;
(2) Be sold for movement to an approved feedlot and
then moved to slaughter or transported back to a livestock market
under permit, issued by commission personnel, to be sold in accordance
with this chapter; or
(3) Be sold and moved under a Hold Order to such place
as specified by the commission for testing to change status from a
slaughter bull. Such bulls shall be officially individually identified
with a permanent form of identification prior to movement, move to
the designated location on a movement permit, and be held in isolation
from female cattle at the designated location where the bull shall
undergo three consecutive culture tests at least seven days apart
or one RT-PCR test. If the results of any test are positive, all bulls
in the herd of origin of the positive bull shall be placed under hold
order and tested as provided by subsection (e) of this section. The
positive bull shall be classified as infected and be permitted for
movement only directly to slaughter or to a livestock market for sale
directly to slaughter; or
(4) Be sold and moved to another physical location
under permit issued by commission personnel, and then to a livestock
market or location to be resold within seven days from the date of
issuance. The bull cannot be commingled with female cattle during
the seven days.
(e) Herd of Origin or Unit Testing.
(1) All bulls that are part of a herd of origin from
which a bull is sold in accordance with subsection (d)(3) of this
section and is found to be infected with Trichomoniasis shall be placed
under hold order and officially tested for Trichomoniasis.
(2) All bulls that are part of a unit of origin, as
epidemiologically determined by the commission, from which a bull
becomes separated and that bull is found to be positive for Trichomoniasis
shall be placed under a hold order and officially tested for Trichomoniasis.
All bulls that are part of the unit on which the separated positive
bull was located, as epidemiologically determined by the commission,
shall also be placed under hold order and officially tested for Trichomoniasis.
(3) Officially tested, as used in this subsection,
requires at a minimum three official culture tests conducted not less
than seven days apart, or one official RT-PCR test. If the results
of any test that are required by this subsection are positive, the
herd shall be tested as provided by §38.3 of this chapter (relating
to Infected Herds).
|Source Note: The provisions of this §38.2 adopted to be effective January 1, 2010, 34 TexReg 1977; amended to be effective November 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 9687; amended to be effective February 5, 2013, 38 TexReg 494; amended to be effective February 4, 2014, 39 TexReg 484; amended to be effective October 9, 2014, 39 TexReg 7911