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RULE §49.5Piroplasmosis: Identification of Infected Equine
ISSUE 04/09/2010
ACTION Proposed
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

Official Identification of Equine Positive for Piroplasmosis. A reactor must be identified with the following methods:

  (1)The reactor equine shall be identified with a permanent mark as described herein or as approved by the Commission. The letter "P" will be applied by a representative of the Texas Animal Health Commission as a hot-iron brand or freeze-marking brand or a hoof brand. For a Freeze or Hot-Iron brand the "P" brand must be not less than two inches high and shall be applied to the left shoulder or left or right side of the neck of the reactor. For a hoof brand the "P" brand must be applied to the front right hoof and reapplied by a Commission representative as necessary to maintain visibility. Reactors must be branded within ten (10) days of the date the laboratory completes the test unless the equine is destroyed. Any equine destroyed prior to branding must be described in a written statement by the accredited veterinarian or other authorized personnel certifying to the destruction. This certification must be submitted to the Texas Animal Health Commission promptly; and

  (2)Using official identification or identification device approved by the Commission that provides unique identification for each individual animal.

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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