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(1) The following official Trichomoniasis testing and certification requirements apply to all nonvirgin, sexually intact male cattle imported into Montana or sold, loaned, leased, or otherwise acquired in Montana, except as provided in ARM 32.3.212:

(a) Nonvirgin male cattle must be negative to one Trichomoniasis test by PCR and originate from a herd not known to be infected with T. foetus, or to three official Trichomoniasis culture tests. Bulls must be sexually rested for at least two weeks prior to the first test. For the culture tests:

(i) The tests must be conducted at intervals of no less than seven days between each test;

(ii) There must be no breeding activity during the intervals between the three tests or between the final of the three negative tests and the time of import, sale, loan, or lease; and

(iii) All tested male cattle must be individually Trichomoniasis identified at the time of test.

(b) The following statement must be on the certificate of veterinary inspection: "The bull(s) identified on this certificate were negative to T. foetus in accordance with ARM 32.3.502. There was no breeding activity between the final test and time of import, sale, loan, lease, or other acquisition in Montana."

(c) Tests expire within 90 days or immediately upon commingling with female cattle.

(d) Test eligible bulls sold, loaned, leased, or otherwise acquired without a negative test are considered in violation of ARM 32.3.502 and must be quarantined away from females and tested. The owner is liable for any fine, expenses, and/or misdemeanor ticket as stated in new penalty rule.

History: 81-2-102, 81-2-103, 81-2-707, MCA; IMP, 81-2-102, 81-2-703, MCA; NEW, 2007 MAR p. 204, Eff. 2/9/07; AMD, 2010 MAR p. 413, Eff. 2/12/10.

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