|(a) An official backtag is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) approved identification backtag. It must conform to the national uniform tagging system and uniquely identifies each individual animal with alpha-numeric identification. The tag may be encased in a strip of nylon mesh that adheres to the tag. (b) Test eligible swine at markets are defined to mean sexually, intact swine that are six months of age or older. (c) Livestock markets that handle feeder and breeder swine must have well-constructed, well-lighted, concrete or other approved imperviously surfaced pens. Those markets not in compliance with this rule on the date of adoption shall have 120 days after such adoption to bring their facilities up to standards. If adequate pens have not been constructed at any market within the aforesaid 120 days, no further sales of feeder and breeder swine shall be permitted at that market. (d) Feeder and breeder swine must be maintained separately from slaughter swine. Feeder and breeder swine must be sold before the sale ring is used for slaughter swine. (e) No feeder or breeder swine will be permitted to remain in the livestock market for more than 72 hours. No slaughter swine will be permitted to remain in the livestock market for more than 120 hours (five days). (f) No slaughter swine will be released from the livestock market unless they are: (1) consigned for immediate slaughter; or (2) consigned to one other livestock market for sale only to slaughter as long as dealer records are maintained on both the buyer and seller and swine are moved under permit when moving from markets that are not approved under the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 76. (g) When there is evidence of hog cholera within a livestock market, all swine therein shall be immediately quarantined. No swine movement into, out of, or within the market shall be permitted until authorized by a representative of the commission. (h) Market identification with an official backtag is required on all test eligible swine in each consignment to a livestock market. The market shall record the following information on each consignment to the market: (1) full name, street address and/or route address and zip code of the owner of the swine at the time of delivery to the market; (2) backtag number with prefix for each head of swine; and (3) delivery vehicle license number. (i) Requirements for testing of test eligible swine at the market. (1) Blood samples shall be collected from test-eligible swine that are sold for testing for swine brucellosis and pseudorabies. These samples may be collected either prior to or after sale but prior to leaving the market. (2) If result of the blood test is unknown prior to leaving the market, swine may be moved to the premise of the buyer under permit and Hold Order pending result of that test. (3) Swine that originate directly from a herd with a recognized free status for that disease or if they were tested negative within the previous 30 days are exempt from the testing requirement. Proof of a disease-free status or negative test must be presented at time of sale. (4) Each animal(s) tested shall be identified by a USDA Veterinary Services approved identification eartag (metal, plastic, or other) that conforms to the nine-character alpha-numeric National Uniform Ear tagging System and an official backtag. (5) Pursuant to §55.8 of this title, the market shall maintain official backtag information correlating the backtag number to both the seller and the buyer of those swine. (6) At the time of blood sample collection, the swine test chart (TAHC Form 4-54S) shall be completed in its entirety.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §55.4 adopted to be effective January 1, 1976; amended to be effective July 1, 1990, 15 TexReg 3085; amended to be effective October 15, 1995, 20 TexReg 7483; amended to be effective July 16, 1997, 22 TexReg 6733; amended to be effective September 6, 1998, 23 TexReg 8831; amended to be effective March 16, 2005, 30 TexReg 1441