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Cattle semen

Country: Iraq

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Protocol last negotiated

JULY 2012

Health certificate


1.      Country declaration

1.1.   Australia has been free from the following diseases for 12 months prior to collection of the semen: bovine brucellosis, bovine tuberculosis, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, foot-and-mouth disease, haemorrhagic septicaemia, rinderpest and vesicular stomatitis.

2.      Donor animals

2.1.   The donor bulls were isolated from all other ruminants of lesser health status for 28 days prior to and during the collection period.

2.2.   During the collection period the donor bulls did not show any clinical signs of nationally notifiable bovine diseases transmissible by artificial insemination.

2.3.   Details of the breed pedigree and production characteristics, semen quality and freedom from genetic defects have been attached in a separate document.

2.4.   All donor bulls and teasers in the semen collection centre for the export of semen to Iraq were subject to annual testing, at intervals of no more than 12 months, for the following diseases with negative results:

2.4.1.      Enzootic bovine leucosis:

Using an ELISA or agar gel immunodiffusion test.

Note: testing is not required if the donor bull is from a property free of enzootic bovine leucosis.

2.4.2.      Johne's disease (paratuberculosis):

Using either:

An absorbed ELISA; or

Faecal culture.

Note: testing is not required if the donor bull is from a property free of Johne's disease.

2.5.   Bluetongue:

All donor bulls for the export of semen to Iraq were kept in a bluetongue virus free zone for at least 60 days before commencement of, and during, collection of the semen;


All donors were subjected to either:

an ELISA for antibody to bluetongue virus, with negative results, between 21 and 60 days after the final semen collection for this consignment,


an agent identification test for bluetongue virus on blood samples collected at the start and conclusion of, and at least every 7 days (virus isolation test) or at least every 28 days (polymerase chain reaction test) during semen collection for this consignment, with negative results.

2.6.   Tests on the donor bulls were conducted in laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).

3.      Collection and processing

3.1.   The semen collection centre has met the standard specified in the current OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code for collection and processing of bovine semen and is approved by DAFF for export purposes.

3.2.   The exported semen was collected and processed at an approved centre under the supervision of a registered veterinarian.

4.      Storage and transport

4.1.   The semen was placed in individually identified straws, in accordance with the recommendations of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code.

4.2.   The semen was only stored with other semen or embryos of equivalent or better health status.

4.3.   The semen was placed in new or disinfected transport containers filled with fresh (previously unused) liquid nitrogen.

4.4.   Before shipment, the container with the semen identified above was sealed with an official seal by a DAFF Veterinarian.

The number of the seal being:

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