Missouri will begin enforcing Trichomoniasis regulations for bulls which are sold,leased, bartered, or traded within the state on Spetember 1, 2011. The regulations will require all non virgin bulls and all bulls over the age of 30 months (24 months if entering a livestock market) to be tested for Trichomoniasis.
The following bulls are exempt from testing:
- Going directly to slaughter
- Sold through a livestock market and going directly to slaughter
- Exotic Bovids
- Virgin bulls under 30 months of age for private treaty
- Virgin bulls under 24 months of age marketed through a livestock market
Positive bulls will be sent to slaughter, either directly or sold for slaughter through a livestock market.
The herds of origin for the Trichomoniasis positive bull will be quarantined or sent to slaughter. Females in the herd which are open or 120 days or less pregnant will be quarantined until isolation from any bulls for a period of 120 days. Females confirmed at least 120 days pregnant or have a calf at side with no know exposure to a positive bull will not be quarantined. Virgin heifers and non test elligible bulls will not be quarantined.
January 1, 2012 the age requirement for bulls will change to 24 months for all bulls sold, leased, batered or traded within the state of Missouri.