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The Bovine Semen (England) Regulations 2007

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PART 2Licensing of bovine semen centres and approval of bovine animals

Licensing of bovine semen centres

4.  The Secretary of State may license premises as follows—

(a)if they comply with Part 1 of Schedule 1, as premises for the quarantine of bovine animals (an “EC quarantine centre”);

(b)if they comply with Part 2 of Schedule 1, either as—

(i)premises for the collection, processing and quarantine of semen intended for intra-Community trade (an “EC collection centre”); or

(ii)premises for the collection, processing and quarantine of semen not intended for intra-Community trade (a “domestic collection centre”); or

(c)if they comply with Part 3 of Schedule 1, either as—

(i)premises for the storage of semen intended for intra-Community trade (an “EC storage centre”); or

(ii)premises for the storage of semen not intended for intra-Community trade (a “domestic storage centre”).

Application for a licence to operate a bovine semen centre

5.  An application for a licence to operate a bovine semen centre must—

(a)be made in writing to the Secretary of State;

(b)be signed by the applicant for the licence and by the veterinary surgeon who will have responsibility for veterinary supervision of the centre (“the centre veterinarian”);

(c)specify the premises for which an application is made; and

(d)specify the licence applied for.

Bovine semen centre licence

6.—(1) A bovine semen centre licence granted under regulation 4 must specify—

(a)the address of the centre;

(b)the licence number of the centre;

(c)the licence holder;

(d)the centre veterinarian;

(e)the type of licence granted; and

(f)any conditions to which the licence is subject.

(2) A licence must be in writing and may be made subject to such conditions as are necessary to—

(a)ensure that the provisions of these Regulations are complied with; or

(b)protect public or animal health.

Approval of a bovine animal

7.—(1) The Secretary of State may grant an approval for a bovine animal for use in an EC collection centre, a domestic collection centre, or at unlicensed premises if it has tested negative to—

(a)the tests set out in Schedule 2, paragraph 2(1)(a) to (e) prior to its entry to an EC quarantine centre; and

(b)the tests set out in Schedule 2, paragraph 3(1)(a) to (d) and paragraph 4(1)(a) after its entry to an EC quarantine centre.

(2) The Secretary of State may approve a bovine animal despite a positive result to the serological tests set out in Schedule 2, paragraph 2(1)(e)(ii) or in Schedule 2, paragraph 4(1)(b) or in both.

(3) The Secretary of State may also grant an approval for a bovine animal for use in a domestic collection centre or at unlicensed premises, if it has tested negative to the tests set out in Part 2 of Schedule 8, paragraphs 2(a) to (c).

Application for approval of a bovine animal

8.  Any application for approval of a bovine animal for the purpose of collecting its semen, or for use as a teaser animal, must be made to the Secretary of State by or on behalf of its owner and must—

(a)specify the name and breed of the bovine animal;

(b)specify the number by which it is identifiable in accordance with the cattle identification regulations; and

(c)be made in writing and signed by or on behalf of the owner.

Form of approval for a bovine animal

9.—(1) An approval for a bovine animal must specify—

(a)the name and breed of the bovine animal;

(b)the number by which it is identifiable in accordance with the cattle identification regulations; and

(c)any conditions to which the approval is subject.

(2) An approval must be in writing and may be made subject to such conditions as are necessary to—

(a)ensure that the provisions of these Regulations are complied with; or

(b)protect public or animal health.

Approval of bovine animals for use at unlicensed premises

10.—(1) The Secretary of State may approve the use of a bovine animal for the collection of its semen, or for use as a teaser animal, at unlicensed premises for a maximum period of 3 months.

(2) The Secretary of State may renew an approval under paragraph (1) for subsequent periods of up to 3 months if—

(a)he receives the application for renewal of the approval in writing and signed by or on behalf of the owner, at least 28 days before the date on which it is due to expire; and

(b)the tests referred to in Part 2 of Schedule 8, paragraph 2(a) to (c) have been conducted again, with negative results, on the bovine animal to which the approval relates, no more than 28 days before the date the approval is due to expire.

(3) If the results of any of the tests carried out on a bovine animal under paragraph 2(b) will not be available until after its approval is due to expire, the Secretary of State may grant a temporary approval.

(4) Where the Secretary of State grants a temporary approval under paragraph (3), no person may trade any semen which has been—

(a)collected from a bovine animal; or

(b)processed following such collection,

until negative results to the tests on the bovine animal or teaser animal used to collect such semen are confirmed.

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