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The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health is accepting public comment on a proposed regulation that sets out new testing requirements for trichomoniasis. Language in the regulation would require each non-virgin bull sold in Kansas to be certified negative within 60 days before the change of ownership. This would include any bull sold by private treaty, public sale, leased, traded or bartered. Bulls sold at a livestock auction market and not going directly to slaughter also would be required to be certified negative for trichomoniasis.

Samples for testing must be collected by an accredited veterinarian who has participated in trichomoniasis training approved by KDA's Division of Animal Health. One real-time polymerase chain reaction test would be the acceptable form of screening.

Negative trichomoniasis tests currently are required for non-virgin bulls, bulls 19 months of age and older and bulls of unknown status imported into Kansas. Virgin bulls imported into Kansas must be accompanied by a statement, attached to the certificate of veterinary inspection, indicating the bulls have not been sexually exposed to breeding-age females.

Another part of the proposed regulation would allow tests conducted within 60 days of the animal's entry into Kansas. Current language allows tests within 30 days of entry.

Written comments must be submitted before Nov. 27 to leslie.garner@kda.ks.gov or Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman, 109 S.W. 9th, 4th Floor, Topeka, KS 66612. A public hearing will be held Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. at this address to consider adoption of the proposed regulation.

Date: 10/22/2012



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