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RULE §38.8Herd Certification Program--Breeding Bulls
ISSUE 04/09/2010
ACTION Proposed
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

(a)The owner of all non-virgin breeding bulls shall sign an agreement with the Commission and be tested annually for T. foetus for the three (3) consecutive years following the adoption of this rule.

(b)During the three (3) year inception period, all non-virgin breeding bulls with changes of ownership, leased, rented or otherwise shall be tested for T. foetus within 30 days prior to such change unless consigned direct to slaughter. The test will be completed and test results known prior to the time a bull(s) is physically transferred to the receiving premises or herd.

(c)Negative T. foetus bulls will be identified with the official identification.

(d)All slaughter bulls removed from the herd will be tested for T. foetus. The test may be performed at a slaughter facility if prior arrangement with a veterinarian and an appropriate agreement with the slaughter facility management is made.

(e)Bovine females added to a certified herd shall not originate from a known T. foetus infected herd. Female herd additions must originate from a certified T. foetus free herd or qualify in one of the following categories:

  (1)calf at side and no exposure to other than known negative T. foetus bulls;

  (2)checked by an accredited veterinarian, at least 120 days pregnant and so recorded;

  (3)virgin; or

  (4)heifers exposed as virgins only to known negative T. foetus infected bulls and not yet 120 days pregnant.

(f)Records must be maintained for all tests including all non-virgin bulls entering the herd and made available for inspection by a designed accredited veterinarian or state animal health official.

(g)All non virgin bulls shall be tested for T. foetus every two (2) years thereafter to maintain certification status.

This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on March 29, 2010


Gene Snelson

General Counsel

Texas Animal Health Commission

Earliest possible date of adoption: May 9, 2010

For further information, please call: (512) 719-0700

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