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The Bovine Semen (England) Regulations 2007

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PART 2Routine tests and treatment which must be applied to all bovine animals in EC collection centres

1.—(1) The centre veterinarian must ensure that all bovine animals at the centre are subjected at least once a year to the following tests—

(a)for bovine tuberculosis, an intradermal tuberculin test, carried out in accordance with the procedure laid down in Annex B to Directive 64/432/EEC;

(b)for bovine brucellosis, a serological test carried out in accordance with the procedure described in Annex C to Directive 64/432/EEC;

(c)for enzootic bovine leukosis, a serological test carried out in accordance with the procedure described in Annex D (Chapter II) to Directive 64/432/EEC;

(d)for IBR/IPV, a serological test (whole virus) on a blood sample; and

(e)for BVD/MD, a serological antibody test applied only to seronegative bovine animals;

(2) The centre veterinarian must ensure that bovine animals from which semen is being collected, or bovine animals having contact with such bovine animals, are subjected at least once a year to tests on samples of preputial specimen for—

(a)Campylobacter fetus ssp. venerealis; and

(b)Trichomonas foetus.

(3) The centre veterinarian must ensure that bovine animals from which semen is to be collected after an interval of more than six months are tested not more than 30 days prior to collection resuming on samples of preputial specimen for—

(a)Campylobacter fetus ssp. venerealis; and

(b)Trichomonas foetus.

(4) Should a bovine animal become serologically positive for BVD/MD, the centre veterinarian must ensure that every ejaculate of that bovine animal collected since the last negative test and until the date of the positive test is either discarded or used only if tested for the virus with negative results.

2.—(1) If any of the tests required under paragraph 1 is positive, the centre veterinarian must ensure that the bovine animal is isolated and that semen collected from it since the last negative test is (subject to paragraph 3) not supplied for intra-Community trade.

(2) The centre veterinarian must ensure that semen collected from all other bovine animals at the centre since the date when the positive test was carried out must be held in separate storage and may not be the subject of intra-Community trade until the health status of the centre has been restored to the level required by the Directive and these Regulations.

3.  Notwithstanding paragraph 2(1), in the case of a bovine animal which has tested positive for BVD/MD under a serological antibody test, the centre veterinarian may allow semen from an ejaculate which has tested negative for the BVD/MD to be the subject of intra-Community trade.

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