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15.11.02.00.htm 15.11.02.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 11 ANIMAL HEALTH Chapter 02 Eradicating Brucellosis in Cattle in Maryland Authority: Agriculture Article, ยง3-101, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.11.02.01.htm 15.11.02.01. 01 Definitions.. A. "Brucellosis exposed animal" means a bull, cow, or calf that:. 1) Is part of a herd known to be infected with brucellosis;. 2) Has been in contact with a brucellosis reactor in marketing or other channels for 24 hours or more; or3) Has been in contact with a brucellosis reactor for less than 24 hours if the brucellosis reactor has aborted or calved within the preceding 30 days, or the reactor has a vaginal or uterine discharge.
15.11.02.02.htm 15.11.02.02. 02 Herd Tests.. Individual tests of any or all animals in a herd will be carried out whenever the Secretary has reason to suspect brucellosis infection may exist among the animals or they have been exposed to the infection. Tests of any or all herds may be done whenever the Secretary, in his judgment, deems it necessary to prevent the spreading of this disease.
15.11.02.03.htm 15.11.02.03. 03 Dairy Herds.. At least three times per year, a sample of milk or cream will be collected at the milk plant, creamery, or other location from each herd offering milk or cream for sale, by the office of Animal Health, personnel or by other persons approved by the Director, and the milk sample will be subjected to the milk ring test. Additional samples may be taken at the farm, if deemed advisable by the Director, and subjected to the milk ring test. A herd from
15.11.02.04.htm 15.11.02.04. 04 Slaughter Animals.. A. All cattle 2 years old and older, except steers, consigned to slaughter shall be identified at the first point of concentration by an official market cattle identification tag or other method approved by the Secretary. The official identification may not be removed from any animal until slaughtered.B. Every slaughtering establishment in Maryland shall collect at the time of slaughter a blood sample together with all man-made identification from a
15.11.02.05.htm 15.11.02.05. 05 Handling Brucellosis Reactor and Exposed Cattle.. A. Brucellosis Reactors. Brucellosis reactors, revealed by an official brucellosis test, shall be tagged, within 15 days of the date of the test, in the left ear with a reactor tag, and branded on the left jaw with the letter "B" no smaller that 2 inches or larger than 3 inches in height. Reactors shall be shipped to slaughter under written permit or disposed of in another manner approved by the Secretary within 15 days a
15.11.02.06.htm 15.11.02.06. 06 Brucellosis Suspects.. Suspects will be quarantined to the premises where revealed until retested negative or sent to slaughter under permit. Herds containing one or more suspects may be quarantined or placed under such restriction as the Secretary may require.
15.11.02.07.htm 15.11.02.07. 07 Indemnities.. Federal and State indemnities will be paid to owners of brucellosis reactors depending upon the allocation of funds. Owners of purebred reactors shall surrender registration papers at the time of appraisal.
15.11.02.08.htm 15.11.02.08. 08 Shipment.. While in transit, all brucellosis suspects, reactors, and exposed cattle shall be accompanied by an official shipping permit issued by a regulatory official. These animals shall be shipped for immediate slaughter and may not be diverted in transit. Animals transported with a reactor shall be consigned to immediate slaughter unless the reactors are kept separate from the other animals by a partition securely affixed to the sides of the vehicle.
15.11.02.09.htm 15.11.02.09. 09 Disinfection.. The premises from which a reactor is removed shall be cleaned and disinfected with an approved disinfectant under regulatory supervision within 15 days after removal of the reactor, unless the procedure is considered unnecessary by the Secretary.
15.11.02.10.htm 15.11.02.10. 10 Official Vaccination of Calves with Strain 19 Brucella Vaccine.. On and after July 1, 1976, the age for official vaccination of calves with Strain 19 Brucella Vaccine shall be as follows:A. All heifers, regardless of breed-2 to 6 months (60 through 179 days) old;. B. Heifers vaccinated after July 1, 1976, older than 179 days will not be eligible for indemnity if found to be reactors on a blood test after the animal is 24 months old.
15.11.02.11.htm 15.11.02.11. 11 Procedures and Policies not Covered in the Regulations.. In all procedures and policies relating to the eradication of brucellosis in cattle not covered above, the latest published edition of "Recommended Uniform Methods and Rules" shall apply.
15.11.02.9999.htm 15.11.02.9999. Administrative History Effective date: March, 1968 Regulations .01, .04B, .05, .08, .09, and .10 amended effective December 2, 1977 (4:25 Md. R. 1915)
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