AUSTIN, (TAHC) – The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) recently held a regularly scheduled Commission meeting on January 14, 2014, at its Austin office.
The following cattle rules were adopted during the Commission meeting and will go into effect on Tuesday, February 4, 2014:
· Chapter 50, Animal Disease Traceability, Cattle Identification: This amendment establishes identification requirements for adult cattle being sold within the state of Texas. The rule states that all adult breeding cattle, except cattle going directly to slaughter, shall be permanently identified within seven days of change of ownership. Untagged adult cattle have seven days after purchase to be delivered to a slaughter facility, resold through a livestock market, or have acceptable permanent official identification applied. Slaughter type cattle that will be put on feed prior to slaughter shall also be permanently identified within seven days of purchase.
· Chapter 41, Fever Ticks, New Authorized Treatments: These amendments add new treatment options for the cattle fever tick and expands the TAHC’s authority to inspect and treat deer on premises adjacent to infected pastures.
Other rules that were adopted were:
· Chapter 47, Authorized Personnel: This new chapter sets the standards for personnel who perform work in any TAHC regulatory program. It will require a person (both veterinarians and non-veterinarians) to be authorized by the commission in order to engage in an activity that is part of a state or federal disease control or eradication program for animals.
· Chapter 57, Poultry, Indemnity: This rule authorizes the TAHC to depopulate diseased poultry if necessary, and to compensate the poultry owners when applicable.
A number of potential new rules were also proposed for adoption at the January 14 meeting. The TAHC will be accepting public comments on those proposed rules for 30 days beginning January 31. A detailed explanation of the rule proposals will be available on the TAHC website at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/regs/proposals.html .
Founded in 1893, the Texas Animal Health Commission works to protect the health of all Texas livestock, including: cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, equine animals, and exotic livestock.
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