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The Texas Animal Health Commission adopted an amendment to the trichomoniasis (trich) rule, as well as proposed a bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) rule at their meeting on Aug. 13.

The amended trich rule limits the use of a virgin certificate as an exemption to trich test requirements.

Sexually intact male cattle under 18 months of age, or verified by birth date on official breed registry papers, must be certified by the breeder on a virgin certificate in order for the animal to be sold without a test.

Meaning, virgin certificates are restricted to breeding animals which belong to a breed registry. The rule will be implemented on Oct. 6.

In addition, the commission proposed a new mitigation rule from the risk of Texas cattle being exposed to persistently infected (PI) BVD cattle.

The rule would classify BVD PI status and require sellers to disclose cattle status prior to or at the time of sale.

A commenting period will remain open until Oct. 28 on the proposed rule and comments may be submitted to Amanda Bernhard, Texas Animal Health Commission, 2105 Kramer Lane, Austin, TX 78758; by fax at 512-719-0719; or by email to comments@tahc.texas.gov.

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