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Council Directive of 14 June 1988 laying down the animal health requirements applicable to intra-Community trade in and imports of deep-frozen semen of domestic animals of the bovine species (88/407/EEC)

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[F1ANNEX C U.K. CONDITIONS WHICH SEMEN FOR INTRA-COMMUNITY TRADE OR IMPORTED INTO THE COMMUNITY MUST SATISFY

1. Semen must be obtained from animals which: U.K.

(a)

show no clinical signs of disease on the day the semen is collected;

(b)
(i)

have not been vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease during the 12 months prior to collection, or

(ii)

have been vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease during the 12 months prior to collection, in which case 5 % (with a minimum of five straws) of each collection shall be submitted to a virus isolation test for foot-and-mouth disease with negative results;

(c)

have not been vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease within 30 days immediately prior to collection;

(d)

have been kept at an approved semen collection centre for a continuous period of at least 30 days immediately prior to the collection of the semen in the case of collections of fresh semen;

(e)

are not allowed to serve naturally;

(f)

are kept in semen collection centres which have been free from foot-and-mouth disease for at least three months prior to collection of the semen and 30 days after collection or, in the case of fresh semen, until the date of dispatch, and which are situated in the centre of an area of 10 kilometres radius in which there has been no case of foot-and-mouth disease for at least 30 days;

(g)

have been kept in semen collection centres which, during the period commencing 30 days prior to collection and ending 30 days after collection of the semen or, in the case of fresh semen, until the date of dispatch, have been free from those bovine diseases which are compulsorily notifiable in accordance with Annex E(I) to Directive 64/432/EEC.

2. Antibiotics as listed below must be added to produce these concentrations in the final diluted semen: U.K.

not less than:

  • 500 μg streptomycin per ml final dilution,

  • 500 IU penicillin per ml final dilution,

  • 150 μg lincomycin per ml final dilution,

  • 300 μg spectinomycin per ml final dilution.

An alternative combination of antibiotics with an equivalent effect against campylobacters, leptospires and mycoplasmas may be used.

Immediately after their addition the diluted semen must be kept at a temperature of at least 5  o C for a period of not less than 45 minutes.

3. Semen for intra-Community trade must: U.K.

(a)

be stored in approved conditions for a minimum period of 30 days prior to dispatch. This requirement shall not apply to fresh semen.

(b)

be transported to the Member State of destination in containers which have been cleaned and disinfected or sterilised before use and which have been sealed and numbered prior to dispatch from the approved storage facilities.]

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