Trich regulations now in effect
According to the Kansas Department of Agriculture, a new trichomoniasis regulation became effective Oct. 4. The following information is to help you know and understand the regulation. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association office at 785-238-1483.
Bulls that change possession or ownership coming into the state of Kansas (interstate) or within Kansas (intrastate) must meet one of the following criteria:
Non-virgin bulls or bulls greater than 18 months of age:
—Must be tested for trichomoniasis and certified negative within 60 days prior to change of possession or ownership; or
—Be sold for slaughter only or for feeding for slaughter purposes.
Virgin bulls 18 months of age or younger may change possession or ownership without a negative trichomoniasis test if the owner signs a statement verifying the bulls have not been sexually exposed to breeding-aged females.
Virgin bulls 24 months of age or younger that are part of a herd management plan approved by the animal health commissioner shall not be required to be tested for trichomoniasis and certified negative prior to changing possession or ownership.
Cows and heifers
Cows and heifers moving interstate into Kansas (from out of state) must meet one of the following criteria or move into an approved Kansas livestock market and then meet one of the following criteria:
Move for slaughter or feeding purposes only with no bull exposure;
Have calf at side with no bull exposure since calving;
Be at least 120 days pregnant;
If not 120 days pregnant, have been exposed to only known negative bulls;
Have 120 days of sexual isolation;
Known virgin heifers with no bull exposure since weaning; and
Embryo transfer-associated movement with no bull exposure after entering Kansas.
There is no intrastate (moving within the state of Kansas) regulation for cows and heifers.