Utah recently joined Montana, Washington and Idaho in implementing restrictions with regards to the entry of EVA positive stallions or EVA positive semen. Montana is the most restrictive of all states and does not allow the entry of ANY EVA positive stallion or semen. Veterinarians in that state can lose their license if they do not follow the restrictions/requirements of the state, so they're pretty serious about it in Montana. The other states are considerably more reasonable and realistic, but if you're a mare or stallion owner, be aware that if you are shipping semen into any of these states, there "are" requirements that must be in place prior to shipping. Hope the following information helps!
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Utah (USA) Implements New EVA Regulations
The State of Utah has initiated a new set of regulations pertaining to Equine Viral Arteritis and possible positive (shedding) stallions and infective semen. As of September 1st 2010, any stallion entering the State for breeding purposes must be tested within the 30 days prior to entry for Equine Arteritis Virus (EAV) presence. Stallions that test positive are only admitted upon issuance of a permit by the Utah Department of Agriculture and must immediately upon entry travel to and be located at a facility approved for the housing of EAV-positive stallions (an "approved facility"). They may only be subsequently moved to a different approved facility within the State upon receiving permission from the State Veterinarian.
There are no restrictions or regulations at this time involving stallions that test negative on the pre-entry testing. Stallions that have proof of a negative EAV-antibody presence test prior to initial vaccination, along with proof of annual boosters, are exempt from the pre-entry testing requirements. This regulation applies to any "equine" or "equid" - they being defined as any animal in the family Equidae, including, but not limited to horses, *****, mules, ponies, and zebras
Equine semen from EAV-positive ("shedding") stallions shipped into Utah must be accompanied by a shipped semen permit, applications for which can be obtained from the Utah Department of Agriculture. This semen must also be shipped solely and directly to an approved facility and remain there until inseminated or disposed of, or until it is shipped to another in-State approved facility. "Approved facilities" have been issued a permit as having met the following requirements as required by the Utah Department of Agriculture:
* All equids, including but not limited to stallions, mares and geldings, on approved facilities shall be vaccinated for EVA no less than 21 days before the start of breeding season or no less than 21 days before arriving at an approved facility. * Mares being bred to a carrier stallion, or inseminated with semen from a carrier stallion, shall remain on the approved facility for a minimum of 21 days after the initial breeding date. * Adequate biosecurity precautions shall be in place during the breeding season. The adequacy of biosecurity may be monitored periodically by the Utah Department of Agriculture.
Applications for approval of a facility for housing of positive stallions or
semen from them can be obtained from the Utah Department of Agriculture web site at this location:
http://ag.utah.gov/divisions/animal/...questF\orm.pdf Import permits may be obtained by calling the Utah Department of Agriculture at (801) 538-7164 during business hours (Monday-Thursday 7 AM - 6 PM, Mountain Time), or after hours and weekends by calling one of the current telephone numbers listed on-line at: http://ag.utah.gov/divisions/animal/health/index.html.
Horses upon entry into Utah (as is common in most States) may be subject to physical inspection and approval of associated paperwork at the Port of Entry or way-stations. In addition to the routinely-required Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate), negative EIA (Coggin's) test (taken within 12 months of time of entry) and proof of ownership or brand inspection certificate, stallions should now be accompanied by proof of negative EVA status or vaccination with annual boosters, or if a positive "shedding" stallion, a copy of the permit obtained from the Utah Department of Agriculture.
The entire Administrative Code - entitled "Rule R58-23. Equine Viral Arteritis
(EVA)" - can be viewed on the Utah government website at this location: