Oklahoma Representatives Approve Animal Husbandry Bill

March 7, 2010 06:00 PM

Source: Texas Cattle Feeders Association

On Thrusday, by a vote of 71 -25, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed an animal husbandry bill. Introduced by Representative Don Armes (R-Faxon), the bill clearly defines animal husbandry as the branch of agriculture and animal science concerned with the care, breeding and management of bovine, caprine, equine, porcine, poultry and other farm animals.

The bill also clarifies that animal husbandry practices including dehorning, branding, tagging or notching ears, teeth floating, farriery, pregnancy checking, collecting semen, preparing semen, freezing semen, castrating, worming, vaccinating, injecting or artificial insemination of farm animals, or the acts or conduct of a person advising with respect to nutrition, feeds or feeding are not prohibited under the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act.

The bill will now be considered by the Oklahoma Senate. The state Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee could hold a hearing on the bill within the next three weeks.

Click here to view a copy of the bill.

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