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15.11.18.00.htm 15.11.18.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 11 ANIMAL HEALTH Chapter 18 Requirements for Sheep and Goats for the Eradication of Scrapie Authority: Agriculture Article, §3-101, 3-105, 3-108, 3-116, and 12-103, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.11.18.01.htm 15.11.18.01. 01 Purpose.. The purpose of this chapter is to explain State animal health requirements for sheep and goats entering or moving within Maryland to prevent the introduction or spread of scrapie, a fatal, degenerative disease. The control and prevention of this disease is a joint effort by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The requirements of this chapter qualify Maryland t
15.11.18.02.htm 15.11.18.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Animal” means a sheep or a goat.. 2) “Administrator” means an employee of USDA, APHIS-VS, authorized to administer the National Scrapie Eradication Program.3) “APHIS-VS” means the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.4) “Approved tagging site” means a site approved by the Department or APHIS
15.11.18.03.htm 15.11.18.03. 03 Official Identification Requirements.. A. Except as provided by §B of this regulation, for any animal entering or moving within Maryland, an animal owner shall:1) Ensure that the animal has an official identification; and. 2) Keep and maintain a record of each animal’s official identification for 5 years in a manner that will allow the Department to trace the animal to its flock of origin or a new owner, if sold or transferred.B. Exceptions to Official Identification Requireme
15.11.18.04.htm 15.11.18.04. 04 Requirements for Sheep and Goats Entering Maryland.. A. General Requirements.. 1) Except for an animal moving to immediate slaughter, a person may not import an animal into Maryland unless the animal originates from a flock in a scrapie consistent state or from a flock enrolled in the Scrapie Flock Certification Program as defined by 9 CFR 54.2) Exposed Animals. A person may not move a high or low risk exposed animal into Maryland without the Department’s written approval.
15.11.18.05.htm 15.11.18.05. 05 Requirements for Moving Sheep and Goats within Maryland.. A. Except as provided in Regulation .03B, an owner or hauler may move an animal within Maryland only if the animal is officially identified.B. When an animal is moved within Maryland, the seller and new owner shall keep a record of the transaction for a minimum of 5 years on an owner-hauler statement or other document approved by the Department that provides for traceability as required C. When an owner or haule
15.11.18.06.htm 15.11.18.06. 06 Requirements for Moving Sheep and Goats for Immediate Slaughter.. A. When selling or transferring animals for immediate slaughter:. 1) The owner shall note on the owner-hauler statement or waybill that the animal is being sold for “immediate slaughter only” and2) The owner, dealer, market operator, or hauler shall insure that the animal is delivered to the slaughter facility for processing within 72 hours of the animal’s sale or transfer.
15.11.18.07.htm 15.11.18.07. 07 Movement of High Risk Animal or Low Risk Exposed Animals.. A. The Department with the concurrence of the Administrator may redesignate high risk exposed animals as low risk exposed animals based on either the scrapie type involved or the epidemiology of the flock.B. A person may not move any of the following high risk exposed animals into or within Maryland without prior written approval from the Department:1) An animal that originates from a state that:.
15.11.18.08.htm 15.11.18.08. 08 Reporting Scrapie-Tested, Scrapie-Suspect, or Scrapie-Positive Animals.. A. If a clinically suspicious animal or test suspect is found, the flock owner or flock veterinarian is responsible for notifying the Department or the district office of APHIS-VS within 24 hours.B. The accredited veterinarian or APHIS-VS authorized laboratory that conducts a scrapie test is responsible for notifying the Department of the test results within 24 hours when a test-positive scrap
15.11.18.09.htm 15.11.18.09. 09 Management of Scrapie Suspect or Scrapie Positive Animals and Their Flocks.. A. If a clinical or other scrapie suspect animal is reported by an owner, a veterinarian, or any other person, the following action shall be taken:1) The Department shall place the scrapie suspect animal and the flock under a hold order until the actual status of the animal is determined;2) A State or federal animal health official shall officially identify the suspect animal and the entire flock;
15.11.18.10.htm 15.11.18.10. 10 Management of Flocks that Have Received Exposed or High Risk Animals.. A. When a flock of sheep or goats is determined by State or federal animal health official to have received a scrapie exposed or high risk animal, the following steps shall be taken:1) The flock owner shall be contacted by a State or federal veterinary medical officer;. 2) The State or federal animal health officer shall place the scrapie exposed or high risk animal and the entire flock under
15.11.18.11.htm 15.11.18.11. 11 APHIS-VS Requirements.. In addition to the requirements of this chapter, the owner of a sheep or goat shall comply with APHIS-VS requirements as provided by 9 CFR, Parts 54 and 79.
15.11.18.12.htm 15.11.18.12. 12 Noncompliance.. A. A person who violates this chapter is subject to an administrative fine up to $10,000 as provided in COMAR 15.11.19.B. In addition to any administrative penalty, any person who violates this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to fine or imprisonment as provided by Agriculture Article, §12-101 and 12-102, Annotated Code of Maryland.
15.11.18.9999.htm 15.11.18.9999. Administrative History Effective date: September 26, 2005 (32:19 Md. R. 1588) ―. Regulations .01―08, under Eradication of Scrapie in Maryland, repealed and new Regulations .01―12, under Requirements for Sheep and Goats for the Eradication of Scrapie, adopted effective July 4, 2016 (43:13 Md. R. 713)
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