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Bulls Test Positive for Trich in Box Elder County

The Utah State Veterinarian’s office has identified several cases of trichomoniasis (Trich) positive bulls from a beef cattle herd in Box Elder County. This herd had grazed the summer of 2021 at a grazing association in southern Idaho with several other herds, including at least six herds from Utah.

There are ten potentially exposed cattle herds that are awaiting test results; five herds belonging to the aforementioned grazing association and five herds that neighbor the affected properties.

“It is concerning to have this large of an outbreak of Trich in Utah cattle herds,” said Dr. Dean Taylor, Utah State Veterinarian. “Our office is working closely with local veterinarians to conduct testing and are taking measures to stop the spread of this disease.”

Trich is a venereal disease of cattle caused by a protozoa (microscopic parasite). It is spread between cattle during breeding. Cows generally abort the fetus from this breeding and then clear the infection, but bulls remain infected for life. There is no treatment for Trich and this disease can be economically devastating to cattle herds because of:

  • Culling of positive bulls and purchase of replacement bulls
  • Increased abortion rate leading to a reduced calf crop
  • Prolonged calving season and lower calf weights at sale
  • Culling of open cows
  • Loss of genetics

Utah requires yearly testing of all bulls for Trich, with the exception of dairy cattle who are kept in confinement and bison bulls. Animals from one positive herd moved into the grazing association in 2021 without proper paperwork. It is also suspected that bulls from this herd were leased to other ranches for breeding purposes. If you leased a bull from the Box Elder County area and are concerned this could affect your cattle herd, please contact the Utah State Veterinarian’s office by emailing statevet@utah.gov.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is taking steps to quarantine affected animals and will place the herds with positive tests on a plan to stop the spread of the disease.

An Update from UDAF’s Animal Industry

State Veterinarian Dr. Dean Taylor speaking to updates regarding the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak affecting eastern states and guidance on the Equine Herpesvirus (EHV1) outbreak in Utah. If you have animals showing signs of either illness, please contact the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food at agriculture@utah.gov.

Watch the full video update here:

 

 

UDAF Moving to New Taylorsville Location

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) will be relocating to a new location at the Taylorsville State Office Building (TSOB) on April 4, 2022.

UDAF will be closing the Redwood Road office location on March 30 and will be closed to accommodate the move from March 31 to April 3. Some UDAF employees will not be available at this time. Regular business hours and service will resume at the TSOB location on April 4.

The seed lab and metrology lab will remain at the Redwood Road location until a later date, when their new lab spaces at the TSOB are completed. However, the Redwood Road location will not be open to the public after March 30.

New Address:
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
4315 South 2700 West
TSOB South Bldg, Floor 2
Taylorsville, UT 84129-2128

 

 

Happy National Ag Day

National Ag Day was created in 1973 to increase public awareness and understanding of the role of agriculture in our everyday lives. Each year on March 22, we celebrate the importance of agriculture and help people develop a greater appreciation and connection to our local farmers and ranchers.

From all of us at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to you, happy National Ag Day!!

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An Update for Industrial Hemp Cultivators

As per H.B. 385 Hemp and CBD Amendments, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) will no longer be responsible for regulating and licensing hemp producers in Utah. All interested producers will need to apply for and obtain a USDA license. The requirements for processing, product and retail licenses will not be changing. UDAF will be holding a webinar to explain this transition, the requirements of the USDA program and how to apply for a USDA license.

As per H.B. 385 Hemp and CBD Amendments, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) will no longer be responsible for regulating and licensing hemp producers in Utah. All interested producers will need to apply for and obtain a USDA license. The requirements for processing, product and retail licenses will not be changing. UDAF will be holding a webinar to explain this transition, the requirements of the USDA program and how to apply for a USDA license.

 

When: Tuesday March 29th 11:00 MDT to 12:00 MDT (1:00EST to 2:00EST)

Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting – A 20-minute PowerPoint presentation will be included, please have access to a computer or smart-phone if possible.

 

Below are some basic instructions to start the application process for a USDA license. This process is done online using our new Hemp e-Management Platform (HeMP).

There is no fee for the license, but there is an $18 charge for the FBI Identity Summary Check. The process for obtaining this background report is through the FBI and requires fingerprinting. https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks.

  • Create an eAuth account as a “Customer”. You may also view this eAuth sign up video for detailed registration instructions.
  • Verify your identity through eAuth. Once your eAuth account is created, verify your identity by logging in and choosing Verify My Identity. From here you can choose to either verify your identity online by answering a few identity-related questions or through your nearest USDA Service Center.
  • Once you have completed the eAuth process, you can log in at https://hemp.ams.usda.gov/ using your eAuth login information. There you will click “Sign-up” and create your HeMP account, complete the online application attach the results from the FBI report for all Key Participants and submit the application.

This webinar will be recorded and posted to our website for those  unable to join the call. Please email farmbill.hemp@usda.gov or call (202) 720-2491 with any questions.