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Texas Animal Health Commission - TSC and Ideal Poultry

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by idealpoultry, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. idealpoultry

    idealpoultry Official BYC Community Sponsor

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    The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has ‘strongly recommended’ that Tractor Supply Company (TSC) gather personal information from their customers when they purchase baby poultry. This is not in compliance with the current laws. The current law is stated below and I have bolded the portion of the law that applied to this situation.

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    Texas Administrative Code
    TITLE 4
    AGRICULTURE
    PART 2
    TEXAS ANIMAL HEALTH COMMISSION
    CHAPTER 54
    DOMESTIC AND EXOTIC FOWL REGISTRATION
    RULE §54.3 Registration Exemption
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    (a) The commission may exempt from registration a person participating in a disease surveillance program recognized by the commission.

    (b) The commission recognizes the following disease surveillance programs:


    (1) National Poultry Improvement Plan ("NPIP") with the "U.S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean'' ("PT") and "U.S. Avian Influenza Clean" ("LPAI") programs

    (2) The Texas Poultry Federation Avian Influenza Monitoring Program

    (3) sellers, distributor or transporter of only fowl classified as baby poultry, at the time of receipt, from NPIP hatchery and accompanied by NPIP Form 9-3, or APHIS Form 17-6.


    (c) A disease surveillance program not identified in subsection (b) of this section may request approval for recognition provided it contains the following minimum elements:

    (1) Verifiable disease testing protocol
    (2) Includes PT and LPAI requirements
    (3) Specified risk based sample size

    (d) In order to recognize a disease surveillance program not identified in subsection (b) of this section, a person shall submit a detailed explanation of the surveillance program to the Executive Director for consideration. A decision to recognize a disease surveillance program will be provided to the requestor within 30 days of receipt by the Executive Director.

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    We believe that the TAHC has overstepped their authority in the case of ‘highly recommending’ to TSC that they obtain personal information from their customers that purchase baby poultry. We are asking that you contact Andy Schwartz DVM at the TAHC [email protected] and that you also file a complaint with the TAHC at [email protected]. Ideal Poultry is strongly against the position taken by the TAHC on this issue and would appreciate you contacting your local State Representative and Senator, National Representative and Senator and the TAHC. Your actions can and will help the poultry industry in the State of Texas as well as future Federal legislation.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2009
  2. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so glad that you have clarified this for us! And I am also glad that my favorite hatchery is on BYC! You guys rock! Thank you for your awesome service!
     
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Bump.
     
  4. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    TSC is shooting themselves in the foot. But, that's okay with me. I have chicks for sale and don't require a life history report to buy them. I am licensed by the State, also. So [​IMG] to TSC.

    PS I still love the store and spend lots of money there. [​IMG]
     
  5. lashawnb

    lashawnb Out Of The Brooder

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  6. lil'chickies

    lil'chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours didn't ask us for any info when I bought ducklings there. Is it just on chicks?
     
  7. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    I don't know if it is just chicks or not, but my TSC is saying it is because of the bird flu. This has happened to me twice. I can't believe they are telling people this. It is absurd. There has never been a case of bird flu in the US. If I didn't know they were full of it, I would have been really freaked out.
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Bird flu, properly called avian influenza, occurs every single year in the US. I've only had chickens for 10 years and can recall two separate epidemics: one in the southern states and one in the northwest states. What has not been found here is the particularly virulent H5N3 strain that has made the news, erroneously, as a dire epidemic waiting to happen.
     

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