15.11.05.02

.02 Swine for Shipment into Maryland.

A. Swine imported for purposes other than immediate slaughter are subject to the following requirements:

(1) Each shipment shall be accompanied by an official interstate health certificate, identifying the individual swine in the shipment by ear tag or other approved means, and stating that the swine are free from and have not been exposed to an infectious or contagious disease. A copy of this certificate shall be forwarded immediately to the Office of Animal Health of the Department.

(2) All feeder and breeder swine entering Maryland from any state where hog cholera or pseudorabies has been known to exist during the preceding 6 months shall be accompanied by a permit issued before shipment by the Department. The permit may be refused or conditioned based upon reports of hog cholera or pseudorabies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and officials of other states.

(3) All feeder and breeder swine entering Maryland shall originate from a herd not known to be infected with pseudorabies (Aujesky's Disease) during the past 6 months.

(4) All swine imported into Maryland farms shall be maintained in quarantine on one premises without exposure to other swine for 30 days after entering the State, and, are subject to inspection.

(5) Breeding swine are subject to all the requirements above and in addition shall meet the following requirements:

(a) Swine over 6 months old shall have been negative to an official test for swine brucellosis conducted within 30 days before shipment unless the swine have originated directly from a validated brucellosis free herd. Information regarding the brucellosis test status of the imported swine or the herd of origin, or both, shall be entered on the interstate health certificate.

(b) Individual animals shall:

(i) Be negative to a serum neutralization (SN) or other test for pseudorabies approved by the Secretary, conducted within 30 days of entry by a State or federal laboratory; or

(ii) Originate from a herd listed as designated a qualified pseudorabies negative herd by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, USDA.

(c) If not eartagged, swine shall be identified by registry name and number and a description sufficient to identify the animal.

(6) All swine temporarily in the State for exhibition purposes shall meet all the preceding requirements except §A(4) of this Regulation, above.

B. Swine for immediate slaughter are subject to the following requirements:

(1) Swine may be imported for immediate slaughter without a certificate of health, or prior permit provided they are consigned directly to an approved public stockyard (terminal market), approved livestock auction market, or to a slaughtering establishment recognized by the Department;

(2) Swine imported for immediate slaughter shall be kept completely segregated and isolated from swine consigned for other purposes;

(3) All slaughter swine weighing less than 170 pounds shall be identified by a yellow paint mark on the back measuring not less than 3 x 3 inches or by another method approved by the Secretary.