On June 2 the Livestock and Poultry Commission passed an emergency regulation for testing bulls for trichomoniasis prior to intrastate movement. The regulation reads as follows.

Intrastate Change of Ownership Requirements for Bulls

A. Any bull changing ownership within the state of Arkansas shall have a negative official T. foetus test within thirty (30) days prior to change of ownership with no exposure to females from seven (7) days prior to the test at the time of change of ownership.

B. Exceptions to this rule shall include the following:

1. A bull accompanied by an Arkansas Virgin Bull Affidavit;

2. A bull sold directly to slaughter; or

3. A bull sold for feeding and slaughter that will be castrated within seven (7) days of change of ownership.

C. Any bull presented for sale at a livestock auction market without a virgin bull affidavit or verification of a negative official T. foetus test:

1. Shall be tagged for slaughter only and sold for slaughter on a VS 1-27 form;

2. May go to the purchaser’s destination so long as the market veterinarian takes a sample for an official T. foetus test and the purchaser agrees to keep the bull under quarantine at the destination until receipt of negative test results.

D. A livestock auction market shall not be liable for a virgin bull affidavit verifying no sexual contact with females within seven (7) days prior to arrival at the livestock auction market, and shall not be liable for the results of a market veterinarian’s sampling and results for an official T. foetus test.

E. The above requirements shall become effective June 15, 2011, as an emergency regulation.

F. All bulls found to be positive for T. foetus must be taken to slaughter within two weeks on a VS-127. The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission must be notified of all positive bulls and the disposition of these bulls.

In May 2009, Livestock and Poultry passed trichomoniasis testing requirements for bulls moving into Arkansas.

Import Requirements for Bulls

A. No bull that has tested positive for trichomoniasis shall be brought into this state for any purpose whatsoever.

B. No bull may be brought into this state without being accompanied by a negative test for trichomoniasis except for the following animals:

1. Exhibition and rodeo bulls that are temporarily in the state only for the purpose of the event and will be leaving the state after the event;

2. Bulls consigned to go directly to slaughter; and

3. Virgin bulls (under twenty-four (24) months of age).

C. A bull that is brought into this state without being accompanied by a negative test for trichomoniasis shall not be comingled with any cow unless the bull is tested and found to be negative for trichomoniasis prior to comingling.

D. All bulls, except exhibition and rodeo bulls, brought into this state shall be identified by one or more of the following means prior to importation:

1. Brucellosis ear tag;

2. Official 840 radio frequency identification device (RFID);

3. Official 840 flap or bangle tag;

4. Official individual animal breed registry brand.

E. Virgin bulls, other than exhibition and rodeo bulls, brought into this state shall, in addition to any other required documentation, be accompanied by a certification of virgin status signed by the owner of the bull, or the owner’s representative or a duly authorized veterinarian. The certification shall include the bull’s individual identification. If the owner seeking to import the virgin bull into this state acquired the bull from a breeder or another owner, a certification of virgin status signed by the breeder and each prior owner of the bull, or their representative, must also accompany the bull. The use of the Arkansas Virgin Bull Status form is required.

F. The requirements for trichomoniasis testing shall be three separate culture tests, each conducted not less than one week apart, or one (1) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no more than thirty (30) days prior to entry of the bull into this state. All sample collections and inspection of bulls must be performed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian. Testing for trichomoniasis must be performed at/by an accredited/approved laboratory.

G. All bulls found to be positive for T. foetus must be taken to slaughter within two weeks on a VS-127. The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission must be notified of all positive bulls and the disposition of these bulls.

Source: Dr. Tom Troxel, Professor