Montana Administrative Register Notice 32-23-342 No. 20   10/20/2023    
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In the matter of the amendment of ARM 32.3.435 pertaining to Testing Within the DSA










TO: All Concerned Persons


1.  The Department of Livestock proposes to amend the above-stated rule.


2.  The Department of Livestock will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Livestock no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 13, 2023, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Executive Officer, Department of Livestock, 301 N Roberts St., Room 304, P.O. Box 202001, Helena, Montana, 59620-2001; telephone (406) 444-9525; fax (406) 444-4316; TDD/Montana Relay Service 1 (800) 253-4091; or e-mail MDOLcomments@mt.gov.


3. The rule as proposed to be amended provides as follows, new matter underlined, deleted matter interlined:


32.3.435    TESTING WITHIN THE DSA (1) remains the same.

(2) A test completed July 16 or after is acceptable for movement out of the DSA or change of ownership through February 15 of the following year.

(2)(3) Animals entering the DSA for summer grazing may be tested upon return to their origin location.  Testing must be done within 10 days and animals may not be commingled with other livestock until testing is complete.

(3)(4) Other variances or exceptions to requirements will be considered on an individual basis by the administrator based on a brucellosis herd management agreement.


AUTH: 81-2-102, 81-2-103, 81-2-104, MCA

IMP: 81-2-101, 81-2-102, 81-2-103, 81-2-104, 81-2-111, MCA


REASON: The department proposes to amend the above-stated rule to correct to a previous rule change that failed to include the extended duration of brucellosis test validity during the period of minimal wildlife spillover transmission to livestock risk from July 16 to February 15. The allowance of a long test duration validity outside of the risk period is a longstanding and foundational part of Montana's brucellosis program, consistent with no test requirement for animals that use the DSA outside of the risk period. 


4. Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments concerning the proposed action in writing to: Department of Livestock, P.O. Box 202001, Helena, Montana, 59620-2001; telephone (406) 444-9321; fax (406) 444-1929; or e-mail MDOLcomments@mt.gov, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., November 17, 2023.


5. If persons who are directly affected by the proposed action wish to express their data, views, or arguments orally or in writing at a public hearing, they must make written request for a hearing and submit this request along with any written comments to Executive Director at the above address no later than 5:00 p.m., November 13, 2023.


6. If the agency receives requests for a public hearing on the proposed action from either 10 percent or 25, whichever is less, of the persons directly affected by the proposed action; from the appropriate administrative rule review committee of the Legislature; from a governmental subdivision or agency; or from an association having not less than 25 members who will be directly affected, a hearing will be held at a later date. Notice of the hearing will be published in the Montana Administrative Register. Ten percent of those directly affected has been determined to be 45 persons based on approximately 450 identified DSA producers.


7. The department maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this agency. Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e-mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices. Notices will be sent by e-mail unless a mailing preference is noted in the request.  Such written request may be mailed or delivered to the contact person in 4 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the department.


8. An electronic copy of this proposal notice is available through the Secretary of State's web site at http://sosmt.gov/ARM/Register.


9. The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.


10. With regard to the requirements of 2-4-111, MCA, the department has determined that the amendment of the above-referenced rule will not significantly and directly impact small businesses.



/s/ Darcy Alm                                               /s/ Michael S. Honeycutt                          

Darcy Alm                                                    Michael S. Honeycutt

Rule Reviewer                                             Executive Director

                                                                     Department of Livestock


Certified to the Secretary of October 10, 2023.



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