Trichomonas Requirements for Bulls Entering Mississippi

106.03 Trichomoniasis

A. No bull that has tested positive for trichomoniasis shall be brought into this state for any purpose whatsoever.

B. No bull may be brought into this state without being accompanied by a negative test for trichomoniasis except for the following animals:

1. Exhibition and rodeo bulls that are temporarily in the state only for the purpose of the event and will be leaving the state after the event;

2. Bulls consigned to go directly to slaughter; and

3. Virgin bulls. (Must be under 24 months of age and never co-mingled with breeding cows)

C. A bull that is brought into this state without being accompanied by a negative test for trichomoniasis shall not be comingled with any cow unless  the bull is tested and found to be negative for trichomoniasis prior to comingling.

D. All bulls, except exhibition and rodeo bulls, brought into this state shall be identified by one or more of the following means prior to importation:

1. Brucellosis ear tag;

2. official 840 radio frequency identification device (RFID);

3. official 840 flap or bangle tag;

4. official individual animal breed registry brand;

5. official individual animal breed registry tattoo; or an

6. official state of origin Trichomoniasis tag.

E. Virgin bulls, other than exhibition and rodeo bulls, brought into this state shall, in addition to any other required documentation, be accompanied by a certification of virgin status signed by the owner of the bull, or the owner’s representative or a duly authorized veterinarian. The certification shall include the bull’s individual identification. If the owner seeking to import the virgin bull into this state acquired the bull from a breeder or another owner then a certification of virgin status signed by the breeder and each prior owner of the bull, or their representative must also accompany the bull.  See Trichomonisasis Regulation