Sanitary Requirements for Export of Bovine Semen from Canada to the United States of America
HA 1517 (Amended 2017-04-27)
1. The semen was collected at an approved semen production centre which is under official veterinary control.
2. The donor bull was healthy and free from evidence of contagious or communicable disease at the time of the collection of the semen.
3. The herd at the approved semen production centre qualifies as a tuberculosis-accredited herd and a brucellosis-free herd with dates of the last herd test conducted prior to the collection of the semen shown as follows:
- tuberculosis (herd test date)
- brucellosis (herd test date)
with tests performed at (name of federal laboratory).
4. All animals resident at the approved semen production centre have been subject to tests for tuberculosis, brucellosis, leptospirosis, bluetongue, epizootic haemorrhagic disease, leucosis, paratuberculosis, vibriosis and trichomoniasis, with negative results, at least once every 12 months.
5. The donor bull showed negative results to the last tests conducted prior to the collection of the semen for the following diseases:
- tuberculosis - intradermal tuberculin test
- brucellosis - fluorescence polarization assay, or other test approved by the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) at the time of semen collection
- Leptospirosis (serotypes L. pomona, L. sejroe, L. grippotyphosa, L. icterohemorrhagiae, L. hardjo) - microagglutination lysis test
- bluetongue - complement fixation or agar gel immunodiffusion or ELISA test
- enzootic bovine leucosis - agar gel immunodiffusion or ELISA test
- paratuberculosis - complement fixation or ELISA test
- campylobacter - culture
- trichomonas foetus - direct microscopic or culture
- epizootic haemorrhagic disease - agar gel immunodiffusion test
Note: The test provision for EHD applies to semen collected after July 1, 1988.
- bovine virus diarrhoea - immunoperoxidase test or semen virus isolation test
Note: The test provision for BVD applies to semen collected after January 1, 1990.
6. All health tests referred to in this certificate were conducted by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or CFIA approved veterinarians and all diagnostic tests were performed at CFIA or CFIA approved laboratories.
7. The donor bull was:
- born in Canada or the United States,
- legally imported into Canada and has been resident in Canada for 60 days or longer without restriction of any kind.
8. Canada is recognized to be officially free of foot and mouth disease, rinderpest, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, vesicular stomatitis and brucellosis in the domestic cattle population.
9. The donor bull is clinically healthy and exhibits no evidence of BSE at the time of collection.
10. The semen to be exported was continuously stored in an approved semen production centre from the time of its collection until its dispatch to the United States.
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