Putting their Skills to the Test!

Stock Show University grads, Jacob and Alex Primm, putting the skills they learned to use on little brother, Connor’s, bucket calf! Thank you to the Primm’s for using the new App to submit your picture! 

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Love at First Moo

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Steven O’Kane and Katrina Donaldson on their wedding day with Gorgeous the cow

Moove over Cilla Black, there’s a new Cupid and she’s an udderly fabulous matchmaker.

Meet Gorgeous the prize heifer who brought newlyweds Steven O’Kane and Katrina Donaldson together.

Steven, 31, from Garvagh, Co Derry, was already fighting the odds to bring Gorgeous into the world in the first place never mind for the British Blue heifer to land this farmer a wife.

Breeder Steven explained: “I got the embryo of Gorgeous off Andrew Craig from Woodview British Blues and the odds are always stacked against you.

“You’re dabbling with nature so the chances of the embryo taking are about one in 99. But she came to be.”

Steven’s late mother Eileen also predicted the prized cow would bring him much luck and happiness.

He explained: “My mum told me to take Gorgeous across the water. She said she felt she would bring me much happiness and would do really well at the shows. My mother passed away in October but I kept my promise to take Gorgeous to the shows and went on July 7 to the show in Yorkshire.

“She won the junior champion at the show. My mother wasn’t too far wrong.”

It was there that blonde livestock buyer Katrina fell head over heels in love… with Gorgeous.

Speaking from a beach in Miami, Florida, where they are on honeymoon, Steven added: “Katrina really wanted to buy her but I said I would sell Gorgeous to her if she went on a date with me.

“Katrina went through with the pretence on the first date but then she fell in love with me.”

When the loved-up farmer popped the question the couple’s thoughts turned to having Gorgeous at their big day on May 31. And beautiful bride Katrina, 24, didn’t mind sharing her wedding day in North Yorkshire with their huge “baby”.

Steven said: “We wanted to have her at the wedding but the minister said they were too frightened of her digging up graves.

“The photographer couldn’t believe it when he saw us bringing out Gorgeous.”

The groom joked: “Cilla Black wouldn’t have a look-in with Gorgeous.

“There was some craic about the heifer at the wedding.

“My father-in-law said he still hasn’t got a refund for Gorgeous.

“I’ve got a wife and got my heifer back.”

Kentucky Health Regulations – Chianina, Maine, Shorthorn & Simmental Jr Nationals

 

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302 KAR 20:020. General requirements for interstate and intrastate movement of animals.

RELATES TO: KRS 246.295(1), 257.030
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 257.030
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 257.030(4) authorizes the Board of Agriculture to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to administer KRS Chapter 257. This administrative regulation establishes the general health requirements and provisions concerning interstate and intrastate movement of animals.

Section 1. General Requirements and Provisions. (1) Premises of origin information.
(a) If an animal moves to a state-federal approved stockyard, exhibition, or assembly point, premises of origin information shall be provided for the premises from which the movement originated.
(b) The information shall include:
1. Road name and number, city, and state; or
2. A PIN.
(2) Official identifier. The official individual, group, or lot animal identification shall consist of a set of alphanumeric characters or physical characteristics which are uniquely associated with an individual animal, group or lot of animals as listed in this subsection:
(a) Official USDA animal tag;
(b) An official breed association tattoo, tag, or photograph;
(c) Breed registration brand;
(d) A written or graphic description of an equine or camelid animal which uniquely identifies that equine or camelid animal and includes all of the following:
1. Breed;
2. Age;
3. Color;
4. Distinctive Markings; and
5. Gender and sexual status;
(e) An EID if all the following apply:
1. The EID uniquely identifies the animal;
2. The EID is attached to or implanted in the animal;
3. The person having custody of the animal has an EID reader that can read the EID or the facility has a reader; and
4. The EID is registered to a PIN or to a person;
(f) A leg or wing band number that uniquely identifies poultry, ratite, or other avian species;
(g) Breed registry ear notches on swine; or
(h) Official USDA back tags if used for identification on slaughter animals moving from a state-federal approved stockyard directly to a slaughter facility. Back tags shall not be used for animals entering into Kentucky.
(3) Certificate of veterinary inspection.
(a) A CVI or entry permit shall be required for movement or exhibition of each animal, except as specified in each species section established in 302 KAR 20:040 and 20:065.
(b) A CVI shall be valid for thirty (30) days after date of inspection and issuance except as provided in 302 KAR 20:065.
(c) A CVI shall contain the following information:
1. Identification of each animal recorded on the certificate. An official individual identification shall be required except if group or lot identification numbers are approved by USDA or the OSV;
2. The species, breed, sex, and age of the animal;
3. The name and address of the owner or agent shipping the animal and the location from which the animal is shipped;
4. The name and address of the person receiving the animal and the location at which the animal will be received;
5. The following statement or one substantially similar: “I certify as an accredited veterinarian that the above described animals have been inspected by me and that they are not showing signs of infection or communicable disease (except if noted). The vaccinations and results of tests are as indicated on the certificate. To the best of my knowledge, the animals listed on this certificate meet the state of destination and federal interstate requirements.”; and
6. For movements requiring vaccination, the:
a. Date of vaccination;
b. Name of vaccine;
c. Serial number of vaccine; and
d. Expiration date of the vaccine used.
(d) Distribution of written CVIs by the accredited veterinarian.
1. The first page shall be submitted to the OSV within seven (7) days of the date it is written.
2. The second page shall accompany the animal being moved.
3. The third page shall be sent to the state of destination within seven (7) days of the date it is written.
4. The fourth page shall be retained by the issuing veterinarian.
(4) Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Reconsignment Form. Sale animals purchased at a Kentucky sale venue may move to the buyer’s destination with a reconsignee certificate attached to the original CVI for the sale if the following conditions are met:
(a) The state of destination agrees to accept a reconsigned CVI;
(b) The animal will reach its final destination within thirty (30) days of the date on the original CVI;
(c) All requirements of the state of destination have been met and test results included on the CVI; and
(d) The reconsigning veterinarian submits the Reconsignee Certificate and a copy of the original CVI to the state of destination and to the OSV within seven (7) days of the date of reconsignment.
(5) Equine Interstate Event Permit.
(a) The Equine Interstate Event Permit shall be accepted from states participating in a Memorandum of Agreement with Kentucky.
(b) The Equine Interstate Event Permit shall be valid for six (6) months from date of issue for out of state equine.
(c) The Equine Interstate Event Permit shall be valid for one (1) year from date of issue for intrastate movement for exhibition or until the expiration of the EIA test.
(d) The equine shall have a permanent individual animal identification in the form of a unique identifier, lip tattoo, brand, electronic implant, or digital photograph, which shall be incorporated into the issued permit.
(e) An accurate event itinerary log shall be in the owner or transporter’s possession documenting each equine movement during the period of permit.
(6) Entry permit.
(a) A permit, if required by 302 KAR 20:040 or 20:065 or KRS 257.030(2), shall be obtained from the OSV and shall include:
1. Number of animals;
2. Species, breed, sex, age, and if requested, weight;
3. Consignor premises and either the premises of origin or the PIN;
4. Consignee premises and either the premises of destination or the PIN;
5. Arrival date of each animal; and
6. Any special restrictions relating to the movement of each animal.
(b) A permit for movement requiring CVI shall only be issued to an accredited veterinarian.
(7) Owner and shipper’s declaration shall:
(a) Be accepted only for imported animals originating directly from the farm of origin and proceeding directly to a recognized slaughtering center for immediate slaughter or to a state-federal approved stockyard for reconsignment to immediate slaughter with no diversion whatever en route; and
(b) Include the information required by subsection (6)(a) of this section.
(8) An animal that is known to be affected with or exposed to any communicable disease or that originated from a quarantined area or quarantined herd shall not enter Kentucky or be transported intrastate within Kentucky without permission of the OSV.
(9) An animal entering or moving that is not in compliance with existing administrative regulations and statutes shall be subject to expulsion or isolation and quarantine pending compliance.
(10) All required tests shall be conducted at no expense to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
(11) All required laboratory tests shall be conducted in a state-federal approved laboratory.
(12) Required testing or vaccination. All required tests and vaccinations, including brucellosis and tuberculosis, shall be performed by one (1) of the following:
(a) A licensed and accredited veterinarian;
(b) An authorized representative of the State Veterinarian; or
(c) An authorized representative of the federal government.
(13) The owner or consignor shall be responsible for all required laboratory tests, vaccinations, or procedures and animal identification prior to sale or change of ownership.
(14) Any person consigning an animal for interstate movement or moving an animal through the state of Kentucky from another state shall:
(a) Comply with the requirements of the state of destination prior to movement or be approved for movement subject to the requirements of that state; and
(b) Provide documentation required by state of destination upon request.

Section 2. Cleaning and Disinfection of Conveyances Used to Transport Animals. The owners and operators of planes, railway cars, trucks, or other conveyances that have been used for the movement of animals infected with or exposed to any communicable disease shall have the conveyances cleaned and disinfected. A certificate of cleaning and disinfecting shall be in possession of the operator or carrier.

Pennsylvania Health Regulations – Hereford Jr Nationals

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Certificate of Veterinary Inspection:

Pennsylvania cattle must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection signed and dated by an accredited veterinarian with an inspection date within the thirty (30) days prior to the date of arrival at the show. Cattle Identification Requirements: All cattle for exhibition must be identified by a USDA-issued

metal eartag; a breed registration tattoo if the tattoo is legible and the registration certificate accompanies the animal; a breed registration eartag; or an ISO-compliant 15-digit eartag (including RFID).

  • No tuberculosis test is required.
  • No brucellosis test is required.

Vaccination Recommendations:

It is highly recommended that all animals entering the show be immunized against IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV, and rabies be given after January 1, 2014.

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection: Out of-state cattle must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection signed and dated by an accredited veterinarian with an inspection date within the thirty (30) days prior to the date of arrival at the show. If an animal comes from a state in which Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been identified, or a bordering state, the CVI shall include a statement verifying that “all animals identified on this certificate of veterinarian inspection have been examined and found to be free from Vesicular Stomatitis. During the past 90 days, these animals have neither been exposed to VS nor located within 10 miles of a site where VS has been diagnosed.”

Cattle Identification Requirements: All cattle for exhibition must be identified by a USDA-issued metal eartag; a breed registration tattoo if the tattoo is legible and the registration certificate accompanies the animal; a breed registration eartag; or an ISO-compliant 15-digit eartag (including RFID).

Tuberculosis Testing Requirements:

  • Test-eligible animals shall be all cattle of all ages.
  • If the animal originates from a
  • Tuberculosis-free state or zone, no tuberculosis test is required.
  • If the animal originates from a state or zone that is classified as Modified Advanced Accredited (MAA), the animal shall be tuberculosis test negative within the 60 days prior to the date of arrival at the show. The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection shall include all test results and dates of those tests.
  • If the animal originates from a state or zone that is classified as Modified Accredited (MA), the animal shall originate from a herd which was negative on a whole herd test (all animals 12 months of age and older shall be tested) within the 12 months prior to the date of arrival at the show, and the individual animal to be exhibited (all ages) must be tested negative at least 60 days after the whole herd test and within the 60 days prior to the date of arrival at the show. The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection shall include all test results and dates of those tests.
  • Brucellosis Testing Requirements:
  • Test-eligible animals shall be all unvaccinated cattle over eight months of age (269 days) and calfhood vaccinated animals over 14 months of age (449 days). Steers are exempt from brucellosis testing requirements.
  • If the animal originates from a Brucellosis-free state, no brucellosis test is required.
  • If the animal originates from a Brucellosis Class A, B or C state the animal shall be brucellosis test negative within the 60 days prior to the date of arrival at the show.

 

Indiana Health Regulations – Angus Jr Nationals

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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL SPECIES This document describes the Indiana State animal health requirements for all animal exhibitions in the state. HOWEVER, exhibition organizers may impose additional animal health requirements as a condition of entry. BOAH recommends contacting the exhibition organizer for specific information about requirements for each event.

Please call the Indiana State Board of Animal Health at 1-877-747-3038 with questions concerning animal health requirements.

A. Limitations on Exhibition

This section describes limitations on exhibiting animals in Indiana. There may be other exhibition limitations that are described in the specific species requirements.

1. Failure to meet all animal health requirements will result in removal of animals from the exhibition premise.

2. The following animals are not eligible for exhibition in Indiana: a. Animals that originate from a herd that is under quarantine. b. Any animal classified as a brucellosis “suspect”. c. Animals showing symptoms of any infectious or communicable disease or that are a health hazard to persons or other animals. d. Any animal that does not meet state animal health requirements.

3. Any animal that develops or shows signs of any infectious or communicable disease during exhibition must be removed from the premise including the surrounding exhibition grounds. An owner that is disputing the exclusion of their animal from exhibition may not exhibit the animal in question pending any appeal.

B. Certificates of Veterinary Inspection

1. For animals that originate in Indiana, contact the exhibition organizer to determine the certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) requirement, if any.

2. For animals that originate outside the State of Indiana, the exhibitor must have a properly completed official certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI, commonly known as “health papers”) for the animal. This CVI requirement applies to the following types of animals: a. All animals of the family Bovidae, such as cattle, sheep, goats, and buffalo. b. All animals of the family Equidae, such as horses, donkeys. c. All animals of the family Suidae, such as domestic and feral swine. d. All animals of the family Cervidae, such as deer and elk. e. All animals of the family Camelidae, such as camels, llamas, and alpacas. A certificate of veterinary inspection on any animal coming from outside Indiana for exhibition in Indiana is valid for 30 days from the date it is issued.

3. Certificates of veterinary inspection accompanying animals for exhibition must be completed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian who has personally inspected the animals and must clearly include a description of each animal including the age, sex, and breed of the animal, and the official identification for each animal.

4. Certificates of veterinary inspection for all out-of-state swine and cattle going to the Indiana State Fair must have the import permit number for the 2013 Indiana State Fair, “INSF13″, written on the certificate.

5. A copy of the official certificate of veterinary inspection for each animal exhibited must be on file at the state veterinarian’s office prior to the opening day of the exhibition.

C. Identification

All exhibition animals must be permanently and individually identified by an acceptable method. Acceptable methods vary by species but may include an ear tag, legible tattoo, standard ear notch, and individual brand or breed registration number. Official identification acceptable for specific species of livestock exhibited in Indiana are as follows

2. Cattle: official ear tag, tattoo, or individual brand or registration number if accompanied by registration papers. Indiana steers that do not require testing may use an ear tag (e.g. plastic ear tag

6. If any additional identification other than the official identification is present, one of the additional identifications should also be listed on the certificate of veterinary inspection.

D. Testing

All tests required for exhibition must be conducted at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) at Purdue University, a laboratory approved by the Indiana Board of Animal Health or a state-federal- approved laboratory.

CATTLE

1. SEE GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL SPECIES.

2. Cattle from Indiana do not need a brucellosis test or a tuberculosis test for exhibition in Indiana.

3. The following cattle from outside the state must test negative for tuberculosis within 60 days prior to the date of arrival to the exhibition: a. All sexually intact female dairy cattle that are six (6) months of age or older that will be sold or otherwise not removed from the state within ten (10) days of the fair.   b. Cattle from states that are not designated tuberculosis free by the U.S. Department of Agriculture must meet additional requirements for entry into Indiana. Contact the Indiana Board of Animal Health for specific information.

4. Cattle from outside the state do not need a brucellosis test as long as the state of origin is classified as brucellosis free by the United States Department of Agriculture.

5. All cattle, including Indiana cattle, that are to be offered for sale at an exhibition must have the necessary testing and other requirements completed within 30 days prior to the sale date.

For more information on cattle health requirements, call the Indiana Board of Animal Health at (317) 544- 2397.

 

South Dakota Health Regulations – Gelbvieh Jr Nationals

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All livestock entering South Dakota must have an official health certificate stating: 1. Name, address, and phone number of consignor; name and address of point of origination if different from consignor; name, physical address, and phone number of consignee; name and physical address of destination if different than consignee information.

2. Species of animal, age, sex, breed, number, purpose of movement, test results, etc.

3. Signature, address, and phone number of inspecting licensed accredited veterinarian.

4. Individual official identification listed as required.

5. Import shipping permit number for livestock. (As listed by species below.)

6. Must be free of signs of infectious or contagious diseases.

Permits may be obtained Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (605) 773-3321.

After hours permits are handled by an answering machine at (605) 773-3321. Leave the information requested and a permit number will be issued.

BEEF CATTLE & BISON (BUFFALO)

BEEF CALVES: (2 MONTHS AND UNDER)

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and permit number.
  2. Individual official ID (metal ear tag or RFID #s) listed on Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
  3. Must be consigned and delivered directly to the consignee’s premises where they are under quarantine for 60 days. The calves may not be resold during the quarantine period.

BEEF FEEDER CATTLE & BISON (2-18 MONTHS OF AGE)

SUCKLING CALVES TRAVELING WITH THE COW TRAVEL ON DAM’S ID AND TEST INFORMATION

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and permit number is required

Individual official ID listed on the CVI for all sexually intact animals originating from the Greater Yellowstone Area Designated Surveillance Areas of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Cattle originating from a TB Modified-Accredited Advanced State or Zone

  1. Originate from a non-quarantined herd.
  2. Regardless of age, Official identification (metal ear tag #s or RFID tags), must be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
  3. Intact heifers 18 months of age and older must be negative to an official tuberculin test conducted within 60 days prior to movement unless they are destined for an approved feedlot.

Cattle originating from a TB Modified Accredited State or Zone

  1. Originate from a non-quarantined herd.
  2. Negative to an official tuberculin test conducted within 60 days prior to movement.
  3. Official identification (metal ear tag #s or RFID tags), regardless of age, must be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
  4. Intact feeder heifers must be moved only to an approved feedlot.

BEEF BREEDING CATTLE & BISON (over 2 months old) AND INTACT FEEDER CATTLE & BISON OVER 18 MONTHS OF AGE

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and permit number is required

Individual official ID (metal ear tag #s, RFID) listed on Certificate of Veterinary Inspection

Cattle originating from Idaho must have a negative Brucellosis test within 30 days of import

Cattle originating from a TB Modified-Accredited Advanced State or Zone

  1. Originate from a non-quarantined herd.
  2. All intact cattle over 18 months of age must be negative to an official tuberculin test conducted within 60 days prior to movement unless they are destined for an approved feedlot.

Cattle originating from a TB Modified Accredited State or Zone

  1. Originate from a non-quarantined herd.
  2. All breeding cattle must originate from a herd that was negative to a whole herd official tuberculin test within 1 year prior to the date of movement.  Date of herd test must be listed on the CVI.
  3. All animals to be moved tested negative to an official tuberculin test conducted within 60 days prior to movement.
  4. Intact feeder heifers must be moved to an approved feedlot.

TRICHOMONIASIS

BULLS

The following statement must be on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection: “The bull(s) identified on this certificate have been tested and found to be negative for trichomoniasis by testing conducted by a laboratory accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.” The testing must be by methods approved by the board and may be by isolation of the organism or polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Board approved Trich testing protocols for importation include:

  1. One negative PCR test conducted on a preputial scraping sample.
  2. Three consecutive negative culture attempts of preputial scraping samples collected with a minimum of seven days between each collection.

Negative TRICH test results are valid until the bull has returned to breeding activity. Exemptions: Provided such exemption qualifications are stated on the official certificate of veterinary inspection: (1) Virgin bulls; (2) Bulls imported to South Dakota for confined feeding or slaughter only; (3) Bulls imported for exhibition or rodeo purposes and held in confined facilities to prevent breeding as determined by the board; and (4) Bulls imported as part of seasonal grazing operations and not changing ownership as determined by the board, following a risk assessment. Call SDAIB for a Risk Assessment.

COWS No non-virgin and non-pregnant female cattle may be imported, loaned, leased, nor acquired for breeding purposes in South Dakota. However, non-virgin and non-pregnant female cattle registered with a breed registry, or to be used in confined dairy operations, may be exempt from the provisions of this section as determined by the board. Non-virgin and non-pregnant female cattle, each accompanied by its own offspring and prior to rebreeding are exempt from the provisions of this section.

Nebraska Health Regulations – Red Angus Jr Nationals

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BEEF AND DAIRY CATTLE (CVI with official ID listed) All cattle must be individually identified on the CVI. Accessary ID devices (4-H tags, FFA tags, etc.) are more easily read, but need to be listed and correlated to official identification (steel tags, tattoos, or RFID tags) on the CVI. Individual animal breed registry tattoos must be accompanied by breed registry certification papers.

A. Tuberculosis:

1. Accredited Free States or Zones: a. Beef cattle – no testing required.

2. Modified Accredited Advanced State or Zone: Beef and dairy cattle shall: a. Beef cattle – no testing required

3. Modified Accredited State or Zone: Beef and dairy cattle which originate from a herd not under quarantine for tuberculosis shall: a. Originate from a TB accredited herd, with the accredited herd number listed on the CVI; and

(1) Have obtained a permit for entry; and

(2) Be individually identified with the identification listed on the CVI; and

(3) Have tested negative to an official tuberculin test within sixty (60)   days prior to entry, or

b.   Originate from a herd which has tested negative to an official whole herd tuberculin test within three hundred sixty-five (365) days prior to entry, and shall:

(1) Have obtained a permit for entry; and

(2) Be individually identified with the identification listed on the CVI; and

(3) Have tested negative to an official tuberculin test within sixty (60) days prior to entry.

B. Brucellosis:

1. Class-Free states: no test required. Must be from a herd not under quarantine.

2. Infected Zones: All sexually intact bovine must be individually identified. C. Bovine Virus Diarrhea (BVD) – The Nebraska State Fair, as a responsible leader in the livestock industry, is requiring that ALL cattle entering the Nebraska State Fair must be tested negative for BVD persistently infected (PI) status prior to arrival at the Fair. Acceptable tests include

(a) immunohistochemistry (IHC) skin,

(b) antigen-capture ELISA serum,

(c) antigen-capture ELISA skin,

(d) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) skin, whole blood or serum, or (e) virus isolation, whole blood or serum. Pooled sample testing methodology will be accepted so long as individual animal identification is maintained and can be documented to assure State Fair regulation compliance. The Nebraska State Fair will accept results of the IDEXX SNAP test. Testing will not be allowed or performed on any animal after arrival. Documentation of said testing with negative results must accompany, be attached to or listed on the required CVI.   Once an animal tests negative, they are negative for life. Animals that were previously tested negative must bring documentation of said test, along with the required CVI, to present to the examining veterinarians at the Check-In Trailer.

D. Trichomoniasis – Cattle entering Nebraska for exhibition purposes are exempt for the requirements for Trichomoniasis. Animals remaining in Nebraska for any reason, other than slaughter, after exhibition, shall meet the importation requirements. For questions please contact the Nebraska Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Protection at 402-471-2351.

Texas Health Regulations – Limousin Jr Nationals

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Cattle Requirements

1. Intrastate (Cattle moved within the state of Texas)

A. All cattle or bison originating in Texas and participating in:

1. Intrastate shows, fairs, and exhibitions (those functions that require Texas livestock, poultry and ratites of the same species to be housed and exhibited separate and apart from livestock, poultry and ratites from out of state) are exempt from the certificate of veterinary inspection and testing requirements.

2. Interstate shows, fairs, and exhibitions (those functions that permit livestock and poultry from other states to enter for show or exhibition and held in common facilities with Texas origin livestock and poultry of the same species) are exempt from an entry permit, but must meet the same other requirements as for those species entering from out-of-state and be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection.

a. Texas origin dairy cattle are not required to be tested for tuberculosis to participate in a show, fair or exhibition within the state but must be officially individually identified.

2. Interstate (Cattle moved into the state from other states)

A. Any livestock, poultry or ratites that are infected, exposed or quarantined in any manner for an infectious, contagious or communicable disease may not enter the state. Contact TAHC at 1-800-550-8242.

B. An owner-shipper statement may be used in lieu of a certificate of veterinary inspection in some instances (see below).

C. Entry permits are required as noted in the following section and may be obtained by calling 512/719-0777 (24 hours) or 1-800-550-8242, ext. 777 or by writing the Texas Animal Health Commission, 2105 Kramer Lane, P. O. Box 12966, Austin, Texas 78711-2966.

D. Entry Requirements for Cattle

1. Certificate on Veterinary Inspection within 30 days prior to entry, except for the following:

a. Female cattle, 18 months of age and over, delivered directly from the farm of origin to slaughter

b. Beef breed female cattle, 18 months of age and over, entering from other than a farm of origin may be moved to slaughter, or to an approved feedyard when accompanied by a Form VS 1-27 on which each animal is individually identified. Brucellosis test data, when required, shall be written on the VS 1-27 Form which must include the test date and results.

c. Beef breed female cattle, 18 months of age and over, delivered directly to a USDA specifically approved livestock market by the owner or consigned there with an owner-shipper statement.

d. Beef breed steers, spayed heifers, beef breed female cattle, under 18 months of age, delivered to slaughter and accompanied by an owner-shipper statement or to a livestock market by the owner or consigned there with an owner-shipper statement; or

e. Beef breed steers, spayed heifers and beef breed female cattle, under 18 months of age, delivered to a feedlot for feeding for slaughter by the owner or consigned there with an owner- shipper statement.

2. Official individual identification is required:

a. On all beef cattle over 18 months of age

c. On all breeding bulls more than 12 months of age

d. On all cattle and bison used for shows, exhibitions, rodeo or recreational events Types of official identification • Official Alpha-numeric USDA metal eartags (bangs tags) • Official Alpha-numeric USDA metal vaccination tags • Official 840 or 900 RFID tags • Official 840 or 900 flap or bangle tags • Official individual animal breed registry tattoos or brands • Official State of Origin Trichomoniasis tags (bulls only) • National Dairy Fair Tag or Dairy Herd Improvement Association Tag

3. A permit is not required unless bulls are entering for exhibition and return to the state of origin per the Trichomoniasis requirements section #6 below.

4. Brucellosis testing / vaccination requirements

a. A negative brucellosis test is required within 30 days prior to entry or be from a class free state, area or certified free herd.

b. Brucellosis vaccination is required for female cattle between 4 to 12 months of age or be from a class free state, area or certified free herd.

c. Brucellosis Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) (applies to all states) • Cattle entering Texas directly from the DSA:

(A) Breeding bulls and sexually intact females shall be tested for brucellosis 60 to 120 days post entry

(B) Sexually intact females that have not calved must be held until tested negative 30 to 90 days after calving. (C) Nonvaccinated sexually intact females between 4 and 12 months of age shall be officially brucellosis vaccinated prior to

(D) All cattle must also meet all applicable entry requirements.

(E) All breeding bulls and sexually intact females require an entry permit. • Cattle entering Texas from Idaho, Montana or Wyoming that do not currently reside in the DSA:

(A) All breeding bulls and post parturient females shall enter Texas with one of the following statements on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection:

(i) The cattle represented on this certificate never resided in the DSA; or

(ii) The cattle represented on this certificate tested negative for brucellosis at least 60 days after leaving the DSA.

(B) Sexually intact females that have not calved must enter with an entry permit and be held until tested negative 30 to 90 days after calving or with a statement on the certificate that the cattle never resided in the DSA.

(C) All cattle must also meet all applicable entry requirements. • Cattle entering Texas from states other than Idaho, Montana and Wyoming that previously resided in the DSA:

(A) Sexually intact females that have not calved must enter with an entry permit and be held until tested negative 30 to 90 days after calving or with a statement on the certificate that the cattle never resided in the DSA.

(B) All cattle must also meet all applicable entry requirements.

5. Tuberculosis testing

c. Cattle from Accredited Free States or Zones require the following: • Beef cattle (including bison), no test is required

d. Cattle from Modified Accredited Advanced Free States or Zones require: • A tuberculosis test within 60 days prior to entry or; • Be from an accredited herd that has been tested within 1 year of date of movement or; • The cattle or bison are moved directly to an approved slaughtering establishment or

e. Cattle from Modified Accredited States or Zones require: A whole herd test conducted within 1 year prior from to date of movement and that the individual animals be identified and be individually tested within 60 days prior to entry or;

• Be from an accredited free herd that has been tested within 1 year date of movement or;

• The cattle or bison are moved directly to an approved slaughtering establishment or;

• The cattle or bison are sexually intact heifers moved to an approved feedlot (dairy cattle are required to be accompanied by a permit), or are steers or spayed heifers; are either officially identified or identified by premises of origin identification; and are tested negative within 60 days prior to entry.

6. Trichomoniasis Requirements:

a. A negative Trichomoniasis test is required within 60 days prior to entry on all breeding bulls more than twelve (12) months of age with an official Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Trichomoniasis samples pooled at the laboratory may qualify as the official test if no more than five total samples are pooled.

• Exceptions: Breeding bulls entering Texas as a recent resident, enrolled at a CSS certified artificial insemination facility where the bull(s) was isolated from female cattle and accompanied by documents with an original signature by the veterinarian or manager of the facility b. The official identification number and age of bull shall be written on the certificate of veterinary inspection. c. Any bull, that has had contact with a female subsequent to the initial test, must be retested within 30 days prior to entry.

d. Bulls entering Texas for exhibition which are twelve (12) months of age or older and capable of breeding require: • Permit prior to entry if not meeting our Trich testing entry requirements and; • Shall not commingle with female cattle and; • May not be used for breeding. • If stay is more than sixty (60) days, the bulls must be tested negative for trichomoniasis