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Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; California2016-Aug-082016-18428We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by reclassifying the State of California as accredited-free. We have determined that the State meets the criteria for accredited-free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from the State of California.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis; Update of General Provisions2015-Dec-162015-31510We are proposing to consolidate the regulations governing bovine tuberculosis, and those governing brucellosis. As part of this consolidation, we are proposing to transition the tuberculosis and brucellosis programs away from a State classification system based in disease prevalence. Instead, States and Tribes would implement animal health plans that identify sources of the diseases within the State or Tribal lands and specify mitigations to address the risk posed by those sources. The consolidated regulations would also set forth standards for surveillance, epidemiological investigations, and affected herd management that must be incorporated into each animal health plan, with certain limited exceptions; would provide revised conditions for the interstate movement of cattle, bison, and captive cervids; and would provide revised conditions for APHIS approval of tests, testing laboratories, and testers for bovine tuberculosis or brucellosis. Finally, we are proposing to revise the bovine tuberculosis- and brucellosis-related import requirements for cattle and bison to make these requirements clearer and assure that they more effectively mitigate the risk of introduction of these diseases into the United States.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis Class Free States and Certified Brucellosis-Free Herds; Revisions to Testing and Certification Requirements2015-Feb-032015-02024In a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on November 10, 2014, and effective on December 10, 2014, we adopted, with changes, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations to, among other things, reduce the age at which most cattle and domestic bison are included in herd blood tests. In that amendment we intended to include all sexually intact cattle and domestic bison 18 months of age or older in herd blood tests, however we inadvertently omitted the words ``or older.'' This document corrects that error.
Agriculture Department -- Livestock Marketing Facilities2015-Jan-022014-30752We are proposing to amend the regulations governing approval of facilities that receive livestock moved in interstate commerce. We are also proposing several amendments to the conditions under which livestock may move to such facilities without official identification or prior issuance of an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or alternative documentation. These changes are necessary to update the regulations governing livestock marketing facilities, while also helping ensure animal disease traceability of livestock that are moved in interstate commerce to such facilities.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis Class Free States and Certified Brucellosis-Free Herds; Revisions to Testing and Certification Requirements2014-Nov-102014-26580We are adopting as a final rule, with changes, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations to, among other things, reduce the amount of testing required to maintain Class Free status for States that have been Class Free for 5 or more years and have no Brucella abortus in wildlife. This document amends the interim rule to change the age at which cattle and domestic bison are included in herd blood tests from 6 months to 18 months of age for all sexually intact cattle and domestic bison, except when conducting herd blood tests as part of affected herd investigations or other epidemiological investigations. In addition, the rule allows certain States the option of either conducting brucellosis ring tests and participating in the slaughter surveillance program or developing an alternative surveillance plan that would have to meet or exceed the level of disease detection provided by combined brucellosis ring testing and slaughter surveillance testing. The rule also makes several minor changes in order to clarify the regulations. These changes are necessary to create flexibility in the brucellosis program, to refocus resources to control and prevent the spread of brucellosis, and to protect and maintain the economic viability of the domestic livestock industry.
Agriculture Department -- Bovine Tuberculosis Status of Michigan; Advance Counties From Modified Accredited Advanced to Accredited-Free2014-Sep-102014-21583We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations to advance the status of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Otsego, and Presque Isle Counties in Michigan from modified accredited advanced to accredited-free. We have determined that these counties meet the criteria for accredited-free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from these areas of Michigan.
Agriculture Department -- Approved Tests for Bovine Tuberculosis in Cervids2014-Jul-292014-17877We are amending the regulations regarding official tuberculosis tests for captive cervids to remove the CervidTB Stat- Pak[supreg] as an official bovine tuberculosis test for the following species of captive cervids: Elk, red deer, white-tailed deer, fallow deer, and reindeer. We are also amending the regulations to specify that the Dual Path Platform (DPP)[supreg] test, which was previously a supplemental test to be used in conjunction with the CervidTB Stat- Pak[supreg], is now considered a primary test, as well. We are taking this action because the CervidTB Stat-Pak[supreg] is no longer being produced, and because we have determined that the DPP[supreg] test can reliably be used as a primary test for bovine tuberculosis in certain species of captive cervids. This action is necessary on an immediate basis so that the regulations do not continue to authorize usage of a discontinued test, yet still provide regulated entities with options in order to meet the testing requirements for captive cervids within the regulations.
Agriculture Department -- Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate2013-Jan-092012-31114We are amending the regulations to establish minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. Under this rulemaking, unless specifically exempted, livestock belonging to species covered by the regulations that are moved interstate must be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation. These regulations specify approved forms of official identification for each species but allow the livestock covered under this rulemaking to be moved interstate with another form of identification, as agreed upon by animal health officials in the shipping and receiving States or Tribes. The purpose of this rulemaking is to improve our ability to trace livestock in the event that disease is found.
Agriculture Department -- Approved Tests for Bovine Tuberculosis in Cervids2013-Jan-092013-00208We are adding the CervidTB Stat-Pak[supreg] and DPP[supreg] tests as official tuberculosis tests for the following species of captive cervids: Elk, red deer, white-tailed deer, fallow deer, and reindeer. We are taking this action because we have determined that the tests can reliably detect the presence or absence of antibodies to bovine tuberculosis in certain species of captive cervids. This action is necessary on an immediate basis in order to provide regulated entities with more options in order to meet the testing requirements for captive cervids within the regulations.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; NM; Correction2012-Mar-222012-6904We are correcting an error in the regulatory text of an interim rule that amended the bovine tuberculosis regulations by establishing two separate zones with different tuberculosis risk classifications for the State of New Mexico. The interim rule was published in the Federal Register on March 23, 2009 (74 FR 12055-12058, Docket No. APHIS-2008-0124).
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Swine; Add Texas to List of Validated Brucellosis-Free States2011-Oct-252011-27572We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of swine by adding Texas to the list of validated brucellosis- free States. The interim rule was necessary to relieve certain restrictions on interstate movement of breeding swine from Texas.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; New Mexico2011-Oct-042011-25687We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by reclassifying a zone in New Mexico consisting of Curry and Roosevelt Counties. We have determined that the zone meets the criteria for accredited-free status. Since the remainder of the State is already classified as accredited free, the entire State of New Mexico is now classified as accredited free. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from Curry and Roosevelt Counties in New Mexico.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Minnesota2011-Oct-042011-25688We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by reclassifying a zone in Minnesota consisting of portions of Lake of the Woods, Roseau, Marshall, and Beltrami Counties. We have determined that the zone meets the criteria for accredited-free status. Since the remainder of the State is already classified as accredited free, the entire State of Minnesota is now classified as accredited free. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from the area of Minnesota that was previously classified as modified accredited advanced for tuberculosis.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Michigan2011-Sep-142011-23432We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations to adjust the boundaries of the modified accredited, modified accredited advanced, and accredited-free tuberculosis risk classification zones for the State of Michigan. We have determined that 55 counties that are currently designated modified accredited advanced status now meet our requirements for accredited-free status. In addition, Iosco and Ogemaw Counties, of which some portions are designated modified accredited and other portions designated modified accredited advanced, now meet the requirements for accredited-free status. We also have determined that Presque Isle County, which is currently designated modified accredited, now meets our requirements for modified accredited advanced status. These actions lessen restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from these areas of Michigan.
Agriculture Department -- Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate2011-Aug-112011-20281We are proposing to establish minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. Under this proposed rule, unless specifically exempted, livestock belonging to species covered by this rulemaking that are moved interstate would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation. The proposed regulations specify approved forms of official identification for each species but would allow the livestock covered under this rulemaking to be moved interstate with another form of identification, as agreed upon by animal health officials in the shipping and receiving States or Tribes. The purpose of this rulemaking is to improve our ability to trace livestock in the event that disease is found.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Swine; Add Texas to List of Validated Brucellosis-Free States2011-May-192011-12320We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of swine by adding Texas to the list of validated brucellosis-free States. We have determined that Texas meets the criteria for classification as a validated brucellosis-free State. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of breeding swine from Texas.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis Class Free States and Certified Brucellosis-Free Herds; Revisions to Testing and Certification Requirements2010-Dec-272010-32371We are amending the brucellosis regulations to reduce the amount of testing required to maintain Class Free status for States that have been Class Free for 5 or more years and have no Brucella abortus in wildlife. We are also removing the provision for automatic reclassification of any Class Free State or area to a lower status if two or more herds are found to have brucellosis within a 2-year period or if a single brucellosis-affected herd is not depopulated within 60 days. Further, we are reducing the age at which cattle are included in herd blood tests. We are also adding a requirement that any Class Free State or area with Brucella abortus in wildlife must develop and implement a brucellosis management plan approved by the Administrator in order to maintain Class Free status. Finally, we are providing an alternative testing protocol for maintaining the certified brucellosis- free status of dairy herds, which will give producers more flexibility for the herd certification process. These changes are necessary to refocus resources to control and prevent the spread of brucellosis and to protect and maintain the economic viability of the domestic livestock industry.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Minnesota2010-Oct-012010-24667We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by reclassifying the two zones in Minnesota. We have determined that the zone consisting of an area in the northwest corner of the State meets the criteria for designation as a modified accredited advanced zone, and the zone comprising the remainder of the State meets the criteria for designation as an accredited-free zone. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from Minnesota.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Michigan2009-Dec-189-30128We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations to adjust the boundaries of the modified accredited and modified accredited advanced tuberculosis risk classification zones for the State of Michigan. We have determined that Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, and Otsego Counties, MI, which are currently designated as modified accredited, now meet our requirements for modified accredited advanced status. Therefore, we are removing these six counties from the list of modified accredited zones and adding them to the list of modified accredited advanced zones. This action lessens restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from these areas of Michigan.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Montana2009-Nov-059-26678We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Montana from Class A to Class Free. We determined that Montana met the standards for Class Free status. The interim rule relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Montana.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; New Mexico2009-Sep-239-22960We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the bovine tuberculosis regulations by establishing two separate zones with different tuberculosis risk classifications for the State of New Mexico. Prior to the interim rule, the entire State of New Mexico had been classified as modified accredited advanced; however, all its affected herds were located in Curry and Roosevelt Counties, NM, along the State's eastern border. The interim rule was necessary to relieve restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from areas of New Mexico outside those two counties.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Montana2009-Jul-109-16336We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Montana from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that Montana meets the standards for Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Montana.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; New Mexico2009-Mar-239-6252We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations to establish two separate zones with different tuberculosis risk classifications for the State of New Mexico. The entire State of New Mexico has been classified as modified accredited advanced; however, all its affected herds are located in a small area along the State's eastern border. We have determined that New Mexico meets our requirements for zone classification. Therefore, we are removing New Mexico from the list of modified accredited advanced States, adding an area consisting of Curry and Roosevelt Counties, NM, to the list of modified accredited advanced zones, and adding the remainder of the State to the list of accredited-free zones. This action relieves restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from these areas of New Mexico outside of the modified accredited advanced zone in two counties.
Agriculture Department -- Official Animal Identification Numbering Systems2009-Jan-139-353We are proposing to amend the domestic livestock regulations to require that when animal identification numbers (AINs) are used, only those numbers beginning with the 840 prefix will be recognized as official for use on all AIN tags applied to animals 1 year or more after the date on which this proposed rule is finalized. In addition, we are proposing to require that all new premises identification numbers (PINs) that are issued on or after the effective date of this rule use the seven-character alphanumeric code format. Official eartags that use a premises based numbering system issued after a 1-year phase- in period will be required to use the seven-character alphanumeric code format as well. Further, we are proposing several changes pertaining to the use of the U.S. shield on official eartags, numbering systems that use such eartags, and the correlation of those numbering systems with the PIN. These proposed changes are intended to achieve greater standardization and uniformity of official numbering systems and eartags used in animal disease programs and to enhance animal traceability, as discussed in previous Federal Register documents pertaining to the National Animal Identification System.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Minnesota2008-Oct-108-24223We are amending the regulations to recognize Minnesota for split-State status for tuberculosis. The entire State of Minnesota has been classified as modified accredited; however, all its affected herds are located in portions of four counties in the northwest corner of the State. We have determined that Minnesota meets our requirements for zone classification. Therefore, we are removing Minnesota from the list of modified accredited States, adding an area in the northwest corner to the list of modified accredited zones, and adding the remainder of the State to the list of modified accredited advanced zones. This action relieves restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from areas of Minnesota other than the modified accredited zone in the northwest corner.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis; Amend the Status of California From Accredited Free to Modified Accredited Advanced2008-Sep-188-21814We are amending the regulations to remove California from the list of accredited-free States for bovine tuberculosis and reclassify the State as modified accredited advanced. Because two affected cattle herds have been detected in California since November 2007, the State no longer meets our requirements for accredited-free status. This action is necessary to reduce the likelihood of the spread of bovine tuberculosis within the United States.
Agriculture Department -- National Animal Identification System; Use of 840 Animal Identification Numbers for U.S.-Born Animals Only2008-Sep-188-21787We are amending the regulations concerning the interstate movement of animals to limit the use of the animal identification number (AIN) with the 840 prefix to animals born in the United States. In addition, we are extending the restrictions on the removal of official identification devices to include devices applied to imported animals in their countries of origin. We are also requiring that if such a device is lost following importation into the United States, the animal may only be retagged with an official identification device using a numbering system other than an AIN beginning with an 840 prefix. These requirements are necessary to enhance our traceback capabilities for both domestic and imported animals in the event of a disease outbreak.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis; Amend the Status of New Mexico From Accredited Free to Modified Accredited Advanced2008-Sep-118-21117We are amending the regulations to remove a zone in New Mexico from the list of accredited-free zones for bovine tuberculosis and reclassify the entire State as modified accredited advanced. Because two affected herds have been detected in New Mexico's accredited-free zone since May 2007, the zone no longer meets our requirements for accredited-free status. This action is necessary to reduce the likelihood of the spread of bovine tuberculosis within the United States.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Montana2008-Sep-038-20374We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Montana from Class Free to Class A. We have determined that Montana no longer meets the standards for Class Free status. This action is necessary to prevent the interstate spread of brucellosis.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Texas2008-Aug-258-19624We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Texas from Class A to Class Free. We determined that Texas meets the standards for Class Free status. The interim rule relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Texas.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis; Require Approved Herd Plans Prior to Payment of Indemnity2008-Jul-248-16949We are proposing to amend the regulations regarding the payment of indemnity for animals destroyed because of bovine tuberculosis to provide that an approved herd plan must be in place prior to the payment of indemnity, and to provide that 10 percent of the gross indemnity payment be withheld by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service until the conditions of an approved herd plan have been implemented. We are also proposing to amend the regulations to deny payments of Federal indemnity for a herd whose owner has failed to follow the provisions of an approved herd plan, or has violated the conditions of an approved herd plan. We believe these proposed changes would further tuberculosis eradication efforts in the United States and protect livestock not affected with tuberculosis from the disease.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Minnesota2008-Apr-098-7346We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by removing Minnesota from the list of modified accredited advanced States and adding it to the list of modified accredited States. This action is necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis because Minnesota no longer meets the requirements for modified accredited advanced State status.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; Research Facilities2008-Feb-268-3591We are amending brucellosis regulations by providing an exception in the definition of herd for animals held within a federally approved brucellosis research facility, in order to facilitate research on brucellosis-exposed or infected animals in those facilities. Prior to this rule, such animals constituted a herd, and the presence of brucellosis-positive herds within a State can adversely affect that State's brucellosis classification. By providing an exception for brucellosis-exposed or infected animals held within federally approved research facilities, this rule will enable initiation of necessary brucellosis research in Class Free States.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Texas2008-Feb-018-1853We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Texas from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that Texas meets the standards for Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Texas.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Idaho2007-Nov-307-23254We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Idaho from Class A to Class Free. We determined that Idaho met the standards for Class Free status. The interim rule relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Idaho.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Idaho2007-Jul-237-14175We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Idaho from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that Idaho meets the standards for Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Idaho.
Agriculture Department -- Livestock Identification; Use of Alternative Numbering Systems2007-Jul-187-13932We are adopting as a final rule, with several changes, an interim rule that, among other things, amended the regulations to allow for the use of additional numbering systems for purposes of animal and premises identification. As amended by this document, the rule recognizes additional numbering systems for the identification of animals in interstate commerce and State/Tribe/Federal/industry cooperative disease control and eradication programs. Additionally, the rule amends the regulations to authorize the use of a numbering system to identify premises where animals are managed or held. These regulatory changes are necessary to allow the use, for official purposes, of the new numbering systems in the National Animal Identification System. Use of the new numbering systems is not required by this final rule.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Wyoming2007-Mar-227-5230We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Wyoming from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that Wyoming meets the standards for Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Wyoming.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Texas2007-Jan-046-22545We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by raising the designation of Texas from modified accredited advanced to accredited-free. The interim rule was based on our determination that Texas met the criteria for designation as an accredited-free State.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; Research Facilities2006-Dec-136-21172We are proposing to amend the brucellosis regulations in order to facilitate research to be conducted on brucellosis-exposed or infected animals. Under the current regulations, such research could adversely affect a State's brucellosis classification. For example, the criteria for achieving and maintaining Class Free status provide that all cattle herds in the State or area must be released from quarantine and remain free of brucellosis for 12 consecutive months. Because the current definition of herd includes animals held in a research facility, a State could lose its Class Free status by allowing such research. By providing an exception for brucellosis-exposed or infected animals held within federally approved research facilities, this proposed rule would enable the initiation of necessary brucellosis research in Class Free States.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Texas2006-Oct-036-16299We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by raising the designation of Texas from modified accredited advanced to accredited-free. We have determined that Texas meets the criteria for designation as an accredited-free State.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Wyoming2006-Sep-156-15327We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Wyoming from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that Wyoming meets the standards for Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Wyoming.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Minnesota2006-Aug-306-14481We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by removing Minnesota from the list of accredited-free States and adding it to the list of modified accredited advanced States. The interim rule was necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis because Minnesota no longer met the requirements for accredited-free State status.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Idaho2006-Jun-2906-5800We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Idaho from Class Free to Class A. That action was necessary to prevent the interstate spread of brucellosis.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Captive Cervids; Extend Interval for Conducting Reaccreditation Test2006-Apr-2706-3984We are amending the regulations regarding tuberculosis in captive cervids by extending, from 2 years to 3, the term for which accredited herd status is valid and increasing by 12 months the interval for conducting the reaccreditation test required to maintain the accredited tuberculosis-free status of cervid herds. We are also reducing, from three tests to two, the number of consecutive negative official tuberculosis tests required of all eligible captive cervids in a herd before a herd can be eligible for recognition as an accredited herd. These actions will reduce testing costs for herd owners, lessen the potential for animal injury or death during testing, and lower administrative costs for State and Federal regulatory agencies. In addition, we are amending the regulations by removing references to the blood tuberculosis test for captive cervids, as that test is no longer used in the tuberculosis eradication program for captive cervids. This change updates the regulations so that they refer only to those official tests currently in use.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis; Reduction in Timeframe for Movement of Cattle and Bison From Modified Accredited and Accreditation Preparatory States or Zones Without an Individual Tuberculin Test2006-Mar-2006-2627We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the tuberculosis regulations to reduce, from 6 months to 60 days, the period following a whole herd test during which animals may be moved interstate from a modified accredited State or zone or from an accreditation preparatory State or zone without an individual tuberculin test. The interim rule was necessary due to our determination that the 6-month period during which individual tuberculin tests have not been required is too long given the risks of exposure to tuberculosis that exist in modified accredited and accreditation preparatory States or zones, especially those States or zones where there are wildlife populations affected with tuberculosis.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Minnesota2006-Jan-3006-839We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by removing Minnesota from the list of accredited-free States and adding it to the list of modified accredited advanced States. This action is necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis because Minnesota no longer meets the requirements for accredited-free State status.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; ID2006-Jan-1906-472We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Idaho from Class Free to Class A. We have determined that Idaho no longer meets the standards for Class Free status. This action is necessary to prevent the interstate spread of brucellosis.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Captive Cervids; Extend Interval for Conducting Reaccreditation Test2006-Jan-126-198We are proposing to amend the regulations regarding tuberculosis in captive cervids by extending, from 2 years to 3, the term for which accredited herd status is valid and increasing by 12 months the interval for conducting the reaccreditation test required to maintain the accredited tuberculosis-free status of cervid herds. We are also proposing to reduce, from three tests to two, the number of consecutive negative official tuberculosis tests required of all eligible captive cervids in a herd before a herd can be eligible for recognition as an accredited herd. These actions would reduce testing costs for herd owners, lessen the potential for animal injury or death during testing, and lower administrative costs for State and Federal regulatory agencies. In addition, we are proposing to amend the regulations by removing references to the blood tuberculosis test for captive cervids, as that test is no longer used in the tuberculosis eradication program for captive cervids. This proposed change would update the regulations so that they refer only to those official tests currently in use.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; New Mexico2005-Oct-2105-21082We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by removing New Mexico from the list of modified accredited advanced States, adding portions of two counties in New Mexico to the list of modified accredited advanced zones, and adding the remainder of the State to the list of accredited-free zones. We took this action based on our determination that New Mexico met the requirements of the regulations for zone recognition and that one of the zones met the criteria for designation as accredited-free.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis; Amend the Definition of Affected Herd2005-Oct-2005-20974We are amending the regulations by removing the two different definitions of affected herd and replacing them with a single, updated definition. This action is necessary to provide more clarity in the regulations and because the current definitions are out-of-date and inconsistent.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Michigan2005-Oct-0605-20098We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations to designate the Upper Peninsula of the State of Michigan as an accredited-free zone. We have determined that Michigan meets the requirements for zone recognition and that the Upper Peninsula meets the criteria for designation as an accredited-free zone. This action relieves restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from the Upper Peninsula.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Swine; Add Florida to List of Validated Brucellosis-Free States2005-Aug-1205-16013We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of swine by adding Florida to the list of validated brucellosis-free States. The interim rule was based on our determination that Florida meets the criteria for classification as a validated brucellosis-free State. That action relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of breeding swine from Florida.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; New Mexico2005-Aug-1205-16014We are correcting an error in an interim rule that amended the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications. This interim rule was published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2005 (70 FR 42259-42261, Docket No. 04-068-1).
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; California2005-Jul-2905-14986We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by raising the designation of California from modified accredited advanced to accredited-free. The interim rule was based on our determination that California met the criteria for designation as an accredited-free State.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; New Mexico2005-Jul-2205-14445We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by removing New Mexico from the list of modified accredited advanced States, adding portions of two counties in New Mexico to the list of modified accredited advanced zones, and adding the remainder of the State to the list of accredited-free zones. We are taking this action based on our determination that New Mexico meets the requirements of the regulations for zone recognition and that one of the zones meets the criteria for designation as accredited-free.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis; Reduction in Timeframe for Movement of Cattle and Bison From Modified Accredited and Accreditation Preparatory States or Zones Without an Individual Tuberculin Test2005-May-2405-10308We are amending the regulations concerning tuberculosis in cattle and bison by reducing, from 6 months to 60 days, the period following a whole herd test during which animals may be moved interstate from a modified accredited State or zone or from an accreditation preparatory State or zone without an individual tuberculin test. We have determined that the 6-month period during which individual tuberculin tests have not been required is too long given the risks of exposure to tuberculosis that exist in modified accredited and accreditation preparatory States or zones, especially in such States or zones where there are wildlife populations affected with tuberculosis. This interim rule will lower the potential risk of movement of infected animals and decrease the likelihood of tuberculosis transmission.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Swine; Add Florida to List of Validated Brucellosis-Free States2005-May-0205-8660We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of swine by adding Florida to the list of validated brucellosis-free States. We have determined that Florida meets the criteria for classification as a validated brucellosis-free State. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of breeding swine from Florida.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; California2005-Apr-1505-7553We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by raising the designation of California from modified accredited advanced to accredited-free. We have determined that California meets the criteria for designation as an accredited-free State.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Swine; Add Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan to List of Validated Brucellosis Free States2005-Feb-1605-2967We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of swine by adding Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan to the list of validated brucellosis-free States. That action was necessary to relieve certain restrictions on the interstate movement of breeding swine from Arkansas and Louisiana and to confirm Michigan's status as a validated brucellosis-free State.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Swine; Add Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan to List of Validated Brucellosis-Free States2004-Nov-1804-25600We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of swine by adding Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan to the list of validated brucellosis-free States. We have determined that Louisiana and Arkansas meet the criteria for classification as validated brucellosis-free States. We are also adding Michigan to the list of validated brucellosis-free States as it is currently considered a validated brucellosis-free State, but was inadvertently omitted from the list. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of breeding swine from Arkansas and Louisiana and confirms Michigan's current status as a validated brucellosis-free State.
Agriculture Department -- Livestock Identification; Use of Alternative Numbering Systems2004-Nov-0804-24828We are amending the regulations to recognize additional numbering systems for the identification of animals in interstate commerce and State/Federal/industry cooperative disease control and eradication programs. Additionally, we are amending the regulations to authorize the use of a numbering system to identify premises where animals are managed or held. These new numbering systems will be a key element in a national animal identification system that is being implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at present on a voluntary basis. The changes we are making to the regulations are necessary to allow the use of these new numbering systems for official purposes. Use of the new numbering systems will not, however, be required as a result of this rulemaking. Finally, we are amending the regulations to prohibit the removal of official identification devices and to eliminate potential regulatory obstacles to the recognition of emerging technologies that could offer viable alternatives to existing animal identification devices and methods.
Agriculture Department -- Official Brucellosis Tests2004-Nov-0404-24646We are amending the regulations by adding the fluorescence polarization assay to the lists of confirmatory and official tests for determining the brucellosis disease status of test-eligible cattle, bison, and swine. This action is warranted because the fluorescence polarization assay has been shown to provide an efficient, accurate, automated, and cost-effective means of determining the brucellosis status of test eligible cattle, bison, and swine. Adding the fluorescence polarization assay to the lists of confirmatory and official tests for brucellosis in cattle, bison, and swine will help to prevent the spread of brucellosis by making available an additional tool for its diagnosis in those animals.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Missouri2004-Aug-2604-19517We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Missouri from Class A to Class Free. The interim rule was based on our determination that Missouri meets the standards for Class Free status. The interim rule relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Missouri.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Wyoming2004-Jul-0704-15333We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Wyoming from Class Free to Class A. We determined that Wyoming no longer met the standards for Class Free status. The action was necessary to prevent the interstate spread of brucellosis.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis; Amend the Definition of Affected Herd2004-Jul-0204-15072We are proposing to amend the tuberculosis regulations by removing the two different definitions of affected herd and replacing them with a single, updated definition. This action is necessary because the definitions that appear in the regulations are out-of-date and inconsistent. This action would provide more clarity to the regulations.
Agriculture Department -- Official Brucellosis Tests2004-May-0604-10311We are proposing to amend the brucellosis regulations to add the fluorescence polarization assay to the list of official tests for determining the brucellosis disease status of test-eligible cattle, bison, and swine. We believe this proposed action is warranted because the fluorescence polarization assay has been shown to provide an efficient, accurate, automated, and cost-effective means of determining the brucellosis status of test eligible cattle, bison, and swine. Adding the fluorescence polarization assay to the list of official tests for brucellosis in cattle, bison, and swine would help to prevent the spread of brucellosis by making available an additional tool for its diagnosis in those animals.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Missouri2004-Mar-0204-4599We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Missouri from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that Missouri meets the standards for Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Missouri.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Wyoming2004-Feb-2004-3723We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Wyoming from Class Free to Class A. We have determined that Wyoming no longer meets the standards for Class Free status. This action is necessary to prevent the interstate spread of brucellosis.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State Designations; California2003-Nov-2403-29232We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations regarding State and zone classifications by removing California from the list of accredited-free States and adding it to the list of modified accredited advanced States. The interim rule was necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis because California no longer meets the requirements for accredited-free State status.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State Designations; New Mexico2003-Nov-2403-29233We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations regarding State and zone classifications by removing New Mexico from the list of accredited-free States and adding it to the list of modified accredited advanced States. The interim rule was necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis because New Mexico no longer meets the requirements for accredited-free State status.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State Designations; New Mexico2003-Jul-2403-18850We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by removing New Mexico from the list of accredited-free States and adding it to the list of modified accredited advanced States. This action is necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis because New Mexico no longer meets the requirements for accredited-free State status.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State Designations; California2003-Apr-2503-10242We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by removing California from the list of accredited-free States and adding it to the list of modified accredited advanced States. This action is necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis because California no longer meets the requirements for accredited-free State status.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations2003-Apr-0703-8332We are proposing to amend the bovine tuberculosis regulations by establishing two separate zones with different tuberculosis risk classifications in the State of Michigan and raising the designation of one of those zones from modified accredited to modified accredited advanced. We are proposing this action based on our determination that Michigan meets the requirements for zone recognition and that one of the zones meets the criteria for designation as modified accredited advanced.
Agriculture Department -- Payments for Cattle and Other Property Because of Tuberculosis2003-Mar-0503-5133We are adopting as a final rule, with one change, an interim rule that amended the regulations regarding payments made in connection with animals and other property disposed of because of bovine tuberculosis. The interim rule provided that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will make payments to owners of dairy cattle and other property used in connection with a dairy business and a dairy processing plant in the area of El Paso, TX, provided the owners agreed to dispose of their herds within 2 years, close their existing dairy operations, and refrain from establishing new cattle breeding operations in the area. As amended by this document, we will allow owners 3 years to dispose of their herds. The interim rule was necessary to further tuberculosis eradication efforts in the United States and protect livestock not affected with bovine tuberculosis from the disease.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis: Testing of Rodeo Bulls2002-Nov-2202-29753We are amending the brucellosis regulations by eliminating the annual brucellosis testing requirement for rodeo bulls moving interstate between brucellosis Class Free States. This action is based on our determination that the testing requirement for rodeo bulls moving between such States is more restrictive than the requirements for other test-eligible cattle, given that other cattle moving between Class Free States are not required to be tested for brucellosis. This action updates our brucellosis regulations by making the requirements for moving rodeo bulls more consistent with those for moving other test-eligible cattle between Class Free States.
Agriculture Department -- Payments for Cattle and Other Property Because of Tuberculosis2002-Jul-2602-18701We are amending the regulations regarding payments made in connection with animals and other property disposed of because of bovine tuberculosis to provide that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will make payments to owners of dairy cattle and other property used in connection with a dairy business, and a dairy processing plant in the area of El Paso, TX, provided the owners agree to dispose of their herds, close their existing dairy operations, and refrain from establishing new cattle breeding operations in the area. This action is necessary to further tuberculosis eradication efforts in the United States and protect livestock not affected with bovine tuberculosis from the disease.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Texas2002-Jun-0602-14197We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications by removing the split-State status of Texas and classifying the entire State as modified accredited advanced. This action is necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis because Texas no longer meets the requirements for split-State status. In this document, we are also soliciting comments on the current regulatory provisions of the domestic bovine tuberculosis eradication program.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis: Testing of Rodeo Bulls2002-Apr-2502-10110We are proposing to amend the brucellosis regulations by eliminating the annual brucellosis testing requirement for rodeo bulls moving interstate between brucellosis Class Free States. Since other cattle moving between Class Free States are not required to be tested for brucellosis, this requirement for rodeo bulls moving between such States is more restrictive than the requirements for other test- eligible cattle. This action would update our brucellosis regulations by making the requirements for moving rodeo bulls more consistent with those for moving other test-eligible cattle between Class Free States.
Agriculture Department -- Animals Destroyed Because of Tuberculosis; Payment of Indemnity2002-Feb-2002-4059We are amending the regulations regarding the payment of indemnity for animals destroyed because of bovine tuberculosis to provide that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will pay owners of the animals an indemnity equal to the difference between the net salvage received and the appraised value of the animals destroyed, up to $3,000 per animal. This action is necessary to further tuberculosis eradication efforts and to protect livestock not infected with bovine tuberculosis from the disease.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Florida2001-Dec-1101-30600We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Florida from Class A to Class Free. The interim rule was based on our determination that Florida meets the standards for Class Free Status. The interim rule relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Florida.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle, Bison, and Captive Cervids; State and Zone Designations2001-Sep-2701-24191We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the bovine tuberculosis regulations to recognize two separate zones with different tuberculosis risk classifications in the State of Texas. The interim rule was necessary to prevent the spread of tuberculosis and to further the progress of the domestic bovine tuberculosis eradication program.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Oklahoma2001-Aug-3001-21929We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Oklahoma from Class A to Class Free. The interim rule was based on our determination that Oklahoma meets the standards for Class Free status. This interim rule relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Oklahoma.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Florida2001-Jun-1901-15409We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Florida from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that Florida meets the standards for Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Florida.
Agriculture Department -- Plant Protection Act; Revisions to Authority Citations2001-Apr-2701-9797We are amending the regulations in title 7, chapter III, and title 9, chapter I, to reflect the enactment of the Plant Protection Act (Pub. L. 106-224, 114 Stat. 438, 7 U.S.C. 7701-7772) in our lists of legal authorities. We are also removing or revising citations and references to plant protection and quarantine statutes that were repealed as a result of the enactment of this law. In addition, we are updating the authority citations throughout our regulations in titles 7 and 9, where appropriate, to remove duplicative or outdated citations and to reflect recent changes to the internal organization, functions, and delegations of authority within the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. We are also making other nonsubstantive editorial changes in the regulations for the sake of clarity.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Oklahoma2001-Apr-2601-10385We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Oklahoma from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that Oklahoma meets the standards for Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Oklahoma.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; South Dakota2001-Apr-1801-9627We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of South Dakota from Class A to Class Free. The interim rule was based on our determination that South Dakota meets the standards for Class Free status. The interim rule relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from South Dakota.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; South Dakota2000-Dec-0400-30764We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of South Dakota from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that South Dakota meets the standards for Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from South Dakota.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle, Bison, and Captive Cervids; State and Zone Designations2000-Nov-2200-29832We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations to recognize two separate zones with different tuberculosis risk classifications in the State of Texas. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of tuberculosis and to further the progress of the domestic bovine tuberculosis eradication program.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Louisiana2000-Nov-1400-29025We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Louisiana from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that Louisiana meets the standards for Class Free status. The interim rule relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Louisiana.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle, Bison, and Captive Cervids; State and Zone Designations2000-Oct-2300-27054We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations to establish several new levels of tuberculosis risk classifications to be applied to States and zones within States. Additionally, we are providing for the classification of States and zones according to their tuberculosis risk with regard to captive cervids. We are also amending the regulations to increase the amount of testing that must be done before certain cattle and bison may be moved interstate. These changes are necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis and to further the progress of the domestic tuberculosis eradication program.
Agriculture Department -- Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Louisiana2000-Aug-0300-19608We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Louisiana from Class A to Class Free. We have determined that Louisiana meets the standards for Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Louisiana.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations2000-Jun-2800-16315We are amending the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone risk classifications to remove the split-State status of the State of Michigan and to classify the entire State as nonmodified accredited. This action is necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis because Michigan no longer meets the requirements for split-State status.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle, Bison, Goats, and Captive Cervids; State and Zone Designations2000-Mar-0700-5165We are proposing to amend the bovine tuberculosis requirements to establish several new levels of tuberculosis risk classifications to be applied to States and zones within States. Additionally, we are proposing to classify States and zones according to their tuberculosis risk with regard to captive cervids. We are also proposing to amend the regulations to specify that the regulations apply to goats as well as to cattle, bison, and captive cervids and to increase the amount of testing that must be done before certain cattle, bison, and goats may be moved interstate. We believe these changes are necessary to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis and to further the progress of the domestic tuberculosis eradication program.
Agriculture Department -- Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State Designations; California, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico2000-Feb-0800-2779We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the tuberculosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle and bison by raising the designations of California, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico from modified accredited States to accredited-free States. We have determined that California, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico meet the criteria for designation as accredited-free States.
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