302 KAR 20:055.
Brucellosis vaccination, testing and branding requirements.
RELATES TO: KRS
Chapter 257, 257.020, 257.030, 257.040, 257.060, 257.070, 257.115
AUTHORITY: KRS 257.020, 257.030
FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: To specify the requirements for vaccination against
the disease brucellosis, and to define the requirements for testing or
Vaccination and Branding Protocol. (1) Female animals which are vaccinated
shall be officially vaccinated between four (4) and ten (10) months of age with
an approved reduced dosage Brucella vaccine and identified by a vaccination
tattoo in the ear and an official vaccination ear tag, or, in the case of
registered cattle, by an identification tattoo.
tattoo shall be placed in the right ear and shall legibly identify the quarter
of the year, shield and the calendar year of vaccination.
vaccination ear tag shall be placed in the right ear and shall identify the
animal according to the state of origin, official vaccinate status and
individual identification number.
shall be vaccinated, branded, or tested by, or under the supervision of, a
licensed, accredited veterinarian or by an authorized agent of the board or by
authorized federal personnel (i.e., includes "S" branding).
documentations of the above listed procedures shall be promptly conveyed to the
office of the state veterinarian on appropriate forms provided by same.
(4) Animals on
Kentucky farms or changing ownership on a Kentucky farm may be vaccinated with
funds appropriated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky if available.
(5) No person
shall tamper with the vaccination tattoo or official vaccination ear tag, and
no person shall retattoo any animal unless approval is first obtained from the
Kentucky State Veterinarian or from Kentucky's area veterinarian in charge
(AVIC). No person shall tamper with an official brand, ear tag or other
individual animal identification device.
(6) Location of
brands: "S" on the face or hip, "open spade" on the hip.
Procedure Requirements. (1)(a) Sexually intact females twelve (12) months of
age or older shall be negative to an official brucellosis test within thirty
(30) days prior to change of ownership, unless the cattle:
directly from a brucellosis certified free herd;
2. Are official
calfhood vaccinates of the dairy breed, less than twenty (20) months of age;
3. Are official
calfhood vaccinates of the beef breeds less than twenty-four (24) months of
4. Are open
heifers less than eighteen (18) months of age designated for feeding purposes;
identified with an "S" brand and moving directly to recognized
slaughter facilities or to designated quarantined feedlots in states approving
(b) Diversion of
"feeder" heifers for use as breeding animals without meeting
applicable test requirements shall be a violation of this administrative
bovine animals sold through a Kentucky livestock market when eligible shall be
identified as to farm of origin.
heifers, intended for slaughter only, or consigned directly to a slaughter
facility must meet federal requirements.
heifers may move freely in Kentucky, when in compliance with appropriate
movement certification. Such heifers are identified with an "open
livestock assembly facility. These facilities shall be approved by the
Department of Agriculture and be designated only for cattle assemblage.
Vaccination, testing or branding requirements shall be met prior to release of
animals from these facilities, and records of state and farm of origins shall
be kept by the operators. Animals imported into Kentucky and remaining in
Kentucky after entering an approved livestock assembly facility shall also meet
Kentucky's entry requirements 302 KAR 20:040. Animals tested for brucellosis by
the designated veterinarian shall remain at the facility until the results are
(6) The test
eligible age of eighteen (18) months shall be determined by the loss of the
first pair of temporary incisor teeth.
(7) The test
eligible age for official calfhood vaccinated females of dairy breeds shall be
twenty (20) months of age and shall be determined by the partial eruption of
the first pair of permanent incisors (twenty (20) months of age or older).
(8) The test
eligible age for official calfhood vaccinated females of beef breeds shall be
twenty-four (24) months of age and shall be determined by the first pair of
permanent incisors fully erupted (two (2) years of age or older).
springers or cows postpartum shall be tested eligible regardless of age. (11
Ky.R. 1712; Am. 12 Ky.R. 19; eff. 8-13-85; 14 Ky.R. 850; eff. 12-11-87; 1936;
eff. 5-9-88; 21 Ky.R. 1925; 2486; eff. 4-6-95.)