WSR 14-15-135
[Filed July 23, 2014, 7:16 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-86 WAC, Cattle and bison diseases in Washington state.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department proposes to amend chapter 16-86 WAC to:
Allow pooling of trichomoniasis samples and extend the date for a valid test from the present thirty days to sixty days with a no female contact statement on the certificate of veterinary inspection;
Modify the virgin bull definition;
Increase the bovine tuberculosis testing requirement from thirty days to sixty days for raw milk dairies who introduce new animals into their herd; and
Add castration to the list of options for bulls of unknown origin or unknown breeding history that are offered for sale at a livestock market.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: The Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) staff will develop the rule proposal with the help of industry input. Interested parties will be given the opportunity to participate during the public hearing and public comment process.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jodi Jones, WSDA, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-1889, fax (360) 902-2087, e-mail
July 23, 2014
Lynn M. Briscoe
Assistant Director