The proposed amendment to Chapter 41 "Fever Ticks" is for Section 41.9, “Vacation and Inspection of a Premise." This amendment will add a requirement that all cattle in the Permanent Quarantine Zone be identified with permanent official identification and be presented annually for inspection.

The Texas Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program (program) is undergoing some changes in order to make it more effective in the efforts to eradicate the Texas Cattle Fever Ticks. The program in the last year has implemented the use of individual herd plans. An individual herd plan is a written disease management plan that is developed with the herd or land owner(s) and/or their representative(s), and a State or Federal Designated Fever Tick Epidemiologist to eradicate fever ticks or potential exposure to fever ticks from an affected herd or property.

The herd plan will include appropriate treatment frequencies, treatments to be employed, and any additional disease management or herd management practices deemed necessary to eradicate fever ticks from the herd in an efficient and effective manner.

Proposed changes to Swine Pseudorabies Rule

The proposed amendment to Chapter 55 "Swine" is for Section 55.5, "Pseudorabies." This amendment is to update the testing timeframe for releasing swine that have been quarantined for exposure to Pseudorabies. This is in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services' National Pseudorabies Eradication Program. The current rule requires swine to have two consecutive negative herd tests not less than 60 days from the removal of the last reactor. The changes proposed to Section 55.5 will now allow swine to be released from quarantine with one negative herd test not less than 30 days from removal of the last reactor.

Public comments deadline is March 4

All regulations enacted by the commission are acted on at its public meetings held quarterly. The rulemaking process entails two public actions with a proposal stage and an adoption stage. After the Commission authorizes the rule proposal, it is published in the Texas Register for a minimum of 30 days for comments specifically pertaining to the rule proposal.

Comments on the proposed regulations must be submitted in writing to Carol Pivonka, Texas Animal Health Commission, 2105 Kramer Lane, Austin, Texas, 78758, by fax at (512) 719-0721, or by e-mail to comments@tahc.texas.gov. The deadline for comment submissions is Monday, March 4, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.