WSR 97-01-067

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

[Order 6009--Filed December 16, 1996, 8:56 a.m.]

Date of Adoption: December 15, 1996.

Purpose: To lay out rules for importation of animals to protect the animal health or public health of the state of Washington and to control or prevent the spread of brucellosis, tuberculosis and scrapie in cattle, goats and sheep within the state.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 16-54-082 and 16-86-015.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 16.36.040.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 96-16-080 on August 7, 1996.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 2, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

December 15, 1996

Jim Jesernig

Director

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 92-21-039, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92)

WAC 16-54-082 Domestic bovine animals. All domestic bovine animals (including bison) entering Washington shall be moved on a permit issued by the office of the state veterinarian. All domestic bovine animals (including bison) shall meet the following requirements:

(1) Tuberculosis. All beef and dairy cattle must originate from herds not under quarantine in a not less than modified accredited area. The state veterinarian may require a negative tuberculosis test within thirty days of import for cattle (including bison) from the states classified as modified accredited or accredited free if Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) has been cultured from a herd in that state within the previous twelve months. All Mexican cattle imported from Mexico within three years of date of importation to Washington must show proof of a tuberculosis retest at least one hundred twenty days after import to the United States. Such cattle without proof of retest must be held on the premises of destination in Washington and kept separate from all other cattle for not less than one hundred twenty nor more than one hundred eighty days from the date of entry and retested for tuberculosis during the one hundred twenty to one hundred eighty-day period.

(2) Brucellosis health certificate requirements. All domestic bovine animals (including bison), except those consigned to restricted feedlots, to federally inspected slaughter plants for immediate slaughter, or beef breed cattle, slaughter only dairy breed cattle, or dairy breed cattle from Oregon, Montana, and Idaho consigned to a state-federal approved livestock market, shall be accompanied by an official interstate health certificate and shall meet the following requirements:

(a) Brucellosis test.

(i) Cattle from class free and A states.

(A) Sexually intact heifers from brucellosis quarantined herds in class free and A states shall not be imported into the state of Washington except for immediate slaughter at a federally inspected slaughter plant.

(B) Cattle other than those referred to in (a)(i)(A) of this subsection from class free or A states which are test eligible, unless destined for a restricted feedlot or for immediate slaughter at a federally inspected slaughter establishment, must be negative to an official brucellosis test conducted within thirty days prior to date of entry. Cattle not considered test eligible include:

(I) Calves under six months of age.

(II) Steers and spayed heifers.

(III) Officially vaccinated dairy cattle under twenty months of age and officially vaccinated beef cattle under twenty-four months of age.

(IV) Cattle from a certified brucellosis free herd.

(V) Cattle from selected brucellosis free states designated by the Washington state veterinarian.

(ii) Cattle from Class B or C states.

(A) Sexually intact females from other than certified brucellosis free herds in states classified B or C by the USDA shall not be imported into the state of Washington except for immediate slaughter at a federally inspected slaughter establishment.

(B) Sexually intact males from Class B states which are test eligible, unless destined for a restricted feedlot or for immediate slaughter at a federally inspected slaughter establishment, must be negative to an official brucellosis test conducted within thirty days prior to date of entry and held on the premises of destination and kept separate from all other cattle for retest not less than forty-five nor more than one hundred twenty days from the date of the preentry test. Cattle not considered test eligible include:

(I) Calves under six months of age.

(II) Steers and spayed heifers.

(III) Cattle from a certified brucellosis free herd.

(C) Sexually intact males from Class C states which are test eligible must be negative to two official brucellosis tests conducted prior to entry at least sixty days apart, the second test to be conducted within thirty days of entry. Those cattle shall be held on the premises of destination and kept separate from all other cattle for retest not less than forty-five nor more than one hundred twenty days from the date of the second negative preentry test. Cattle not considered test eligible include:

(I) Calves under six months of age.

(II) Steers and spayed heifers.

(III) Cattle from a certified brucellosis free herd.

(iii) Beef cattle eligible for brucellosis testing coming from class free or A states or dairy cattle coming from Idaho, Montana, or Oregon may be moved to state-federal approved livestock markets in Washington to meet entry health requirements.

(iv) Should brucellosis infection occur in the state of Washington as a result of importation of infected animals, all future importations from the state of origin shall be required to meet import regulations of the next lower classification. State regulatory officials of that state shall be notified and the lower classification entry requirement will be in effect for twelve months following notification to the state of origin.

(b) Brucellosis ((calfhood)) vaccinates--female dairy cattle. All female dairy cattle must be identified as official brucellosis ((calfhood)) vaccinates before entry into a dairy cow breeding herd. Except the following classes of cattle are exempt from this requirement:

(i) Calves under four months of age.

(ii) ((Those cattle consigned directly to a federally inspected slaughter plant.

(iii))) Those cattle consigned directly to a restricted feedlot.

(((iv))) (iii) Spayed heifers.

(c) Brucellosis ((calfhood)) vaccinates--female beef cattle. All female beef breed cattle must be identified as official brucellosis vaccinates before entry into a beef cow breeding herd, except the following classes of cattle are exempt from this requirement:

(i) Calves under four months of age.

(ii) ((Registered female beef cattle born before January 1, 1983, with age verification by registration papers.

(iii))) Cattle sold or consigned to a restricted feedlot.

(((iv) Cattle sold or consigned to a federally inspected slaughter plant.

(v) Cattle sold or consigned to a public livestock market for immediate slaughter only.

(vi))) (iii) Spayed heifers.

(((vii))) (d) Cattle from a certified brucellosis free country ((where vaccination is prohibited by law: Provided, That)) may be imported if the state veterinarian, upon being assured that to allow such cattle to enter would not create any jeopardy to the livestock industry of the state of Washington, ((may)) issues a special permit for such entry.

(3) Scabies. The office of the state veterinarian may require that any cattle from a known infected area be dipped at an official dipping facility within ten days of entry and, except those consigned to a federally inspected slaughter plant for immediate slaughter within fourteen days, be accompanied by an official interstate health certificate. Ivermectin may be used as an alternative to the dipping procedure for beef and nonlactating dairy animals.

(4) Vesicular stomatitis. The office of the state veterinarian may require that:

(a) Any cattle be accompanied by an official interstate health certificate except those consigned to a federally inspected slaughter plant for immediate slaughter within fourteen days;

(b) Dairy breed cattle be held separate and apart from all other cattle for a period of seven days at the point of destination and rechecked by an accredited veterinarian at the end of that period; except that dairy breed cattle from known infected areas shall not be allowed entry into the state; and

(c) Beef breed cattle from known infected areas be held separate and apart from all other cattle for a period of thirty days either prior to entry or at the point of destination or both.

(5) Temporary grazing permits. Herd owners desiring to move cattle into Washington for temporary grazing purposes must obtain a prior permit from the office of the state veterinarian: Provided, That the state veterinarian may, if deemed necessary, require a brucellosis herd test and/or an official health certificate for any cattle entering the state for grazing purposes. Applicants must also file an approved herd plan with the office of the state veterinarian to phase out all brucellosis nonvaccinates in the herd prior to January 1, 1988. Grazing permits shall be for one specified season only and shall be valid for movement to only that destination declared on the permit. A copy of the permit shall accompany any vehicle transporting cattle into the state for such temporary grazing purposes.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.096. 92-21-039, 16-54-082, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. 89-24-021 (Order 2021), 16-54-082, filed 11/30/89, effective 12/31/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.050. 88-05-003 (Order 1964), 16-54-082, filed 2/5/88; 87-08-021 (Order 1918), 16-54-082, filed 3/25/87; 84-16-022 (Order 1838), 16-54-082, filed 7/24/84. Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. 83-09-009 (Order 1792), 16-54-082, filed 4/8/83. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.44 RCW. 83-04-030 (Order 1782), 16-54-082, filed 1/27/83. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.40 RCW. 82-03-019 (Order 1752), 16-54-082, filed 1/14/82; 81-10-047 (Order 1730), 16-54-082, filed 5/1/81. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.44 RCW. 78-06-116 (Order 1579), 16-54-082, filed 6/7/78; Order 1540, 16-54-082, filed 10/17/77.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 5032, filed 2/3/94, effective 3/6/94)

WAC 16-86-015 Washington cattle sale requirements. (1) Effective January 1, 1984, within thirty days prior to any change of ownership and in a manner prescribed by the state veterinarian, all dairy breed cattle shall be tested negative for brucellosis. The following classes of cattle are exempt from this test requirement:

(a) Calves under four months of age.

(b) Cattle sold or consigned to a restricted feedlot.

(c) Cattle sold or consigned to a federally inspected slaughter plant.

(d) Steers and spayed heifers.

(e) Official calfhood vaccinates under twenty months of age and not parturient or post parturient.

(f) Official Washington or Canadian calfhood vaccinates under thirty months of age as ((evidence)) evidenced by less than full development of the lower permanent second incisors. This exemption applies only to Washington resident cattle which bear an eartag showing a Washington vaccination (91 V series) or a Canadian vaccination certificate. Subdivision (e) of this subsection applies to all other female dairy breed cattle unless exempted by (a), (b), (c) or (d) of this subsection. Cattle exempted under this subsection may be tested if requested by a prospective buyer or to meet import requirements of another state or foreign country.

(2) All female cattle shall be officially vaccinated against brucellosis and bear a legible vaccination tattoo prior to being sold or introduced into any breeding herd in the state of Washington. This rule does not apply to the following:

(a) Calves under four months of age. Female calves under four months acquired by any herd and natural female additions must become official calfhood vaccinates, as provided for in this chapter, to be sold for any purpose other than those set forth in (b), (c), (d), or (e)((, or (f))) of this subsection.

(b) ((Registered female beef cattle born before January 1, 1983.

(c))) Cattle sold or consigned to a restricted feedlot.

(((d))) (c) Cattle sold or consigned to a federally inspected slaughter plant.

(((e))) (d) Cattle sold or consigned to a public livestock market for immediate slaughter only.

(((f))) (e) Spayed heifers.

(3) ((Any dairy breed female cattle over eight months of age which are not exempted in subsection (2) of this section and which are found not to be vaccinated against brucellosis upon consignment to a public livestock market, shall be identified by branding with an "S" brand on the left hip prior to sale and released from the market. After "S" branding, the nonvaccinated cattle may be released by the director on a VS1-27 Form or other official permit to any of the following destinations:

(a) A restricted feedlot.

(b) A federally inspected slaughter plant.

(c) Another public livestock market for immediate slaughter only.

(d) Upon specific approval by the state veterinarian, nonvaccinated cattle "S" branded at a public livestock market may be returned to the farm of origin where they must remain until released by the state veterinarian for consignment to one of the destinations listed under (a), (b), or (c) of this subsection.

(4) Any dairy breed female cattle consigned to a public livestock market for probable slaughter, but whose status is later changed by the buyer, shall be identified by "S" branding and released by the department only as set forth in subsection (3) of this section, if found not to be vaccinated for brucellosis. Any buyer who fails to deliver "S" branded cattle to the destination declared by the buyer or his agent shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter. Whenever necessary, the department shall make the final determination of the vaccination status of any eligible cattle.

(5))) All Washington cattle shall be individually identified and permanently recorded as to herd of origin prior to being sold or consigned for slaughter. Such identity shall be transferred to the blood sample taken for MCI test purposes. These records shall be made available to the department upon request. ((Except)) The following classes of cattle shall be exempt from ((this)) these requirements:

(a) Cattle under twenty-four months of age. (Not parturient or post parturient.)

(b) Steers and spayed heifers.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.096 and 16.36.040. 94-05-008 (Order 5032), 16-86-015, filed 2/3/94, effective 3/6/94; 92-21-023, 16-86-015, filed 10/13/92, effective 11/13/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.050. 88-05-003 (Order 1964), 16-86-015, filed 2/5/88; 87-08-020 (Order 1917), 16-86-015, filed 3/25/87. Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. 84-08-037 (Order 1814), 16-86-015, filed 3/30/84. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.44 RCW. 83-06-002 (Order 1785), 16-86-015, filed 2/17/83. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.40 RCW. 81-14-078 (Order 1742), 16-86-015, filed 7/1/81; 81-10-048 (Order 1731), 16-86-015, filed 5/1/81; 79-09-076 (Order 1642), 16-86-015, filed 8/30/79; 79-07-089 (Order 1634), 16-86-015, filed 6/29/79; 78-12-053 (Order 1588), 16-86-015, filed 11/29/78; Order 1539, 16-86-015, filed 10/17/77.]

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