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Rule §43.6 Dairy Calf Ranches

Published: 2015

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(a) Definitions:
  (1) Calf Ranch--A facility that feeds more than 10
dairy calves (sexually intact and/or steers) less than of 6 months
age (determined by the presence of 1st molar or approximately 300
pounds) when not located on site of the dairy of origin.
  (2) Colostrum--The "first milk" produced by a cow for
a few days following parturition.
  (3) Waste Milk/Hospital Milk--Milk produced by dairy
cattle which is unsellable for human consumption.
(b) Declaration of High Risk: A facility that is feeding
dairy calves (sexually intact and/or steers) from two or more dairies
may be considered high risk for transmitting bovine tuberculosis.
Other high risk factors may include but are not limited to the feeding
dairy calves from out of state, calves from unknown sources, calves
without required identification, the feeding of unpasteurized colostrum
or waste milk, and/or other criteria as determined by TAHC veterinarians,
based on veterinary science, and sound epidemiological principles.
(c) Colostrum/Waste Milk Recordkeeping Requirements:
Calf ranches must maintain records of the source of colostrum and/or
waste milk that they receive/feed. Such records shall show the seller's
name and address, county of origin, date and approximate volume received.
These records must be maintained for a minimum of five years. Such
records must be made available to State or Federal animal health officials,
upon request, during normal business hours.
(d) Recordkeeping: Calf ranches must comply with TAHC
bovine tuberculosis dealer recordkeeping requirements as outlined
in §43.2(h) of this chapter (relating to General Requirements).

Source Note: The provisions of this §43.6 adopted to be effective October 10, 2012, 37 TexReg 8014