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Cattle semen


Kenya (KE)

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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements. Additional information to assist exporters with how to prepare reproductive material for export is available on the Department’s website.

An import permit is required and is obtainable from the Republic of Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives.

Director of Veterinary Services
Veterinary Research Laboratory
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives

As the importing country requirements may change without advice to the Department you should check the importing country’s documentation carefully at the time of preparation for export.

Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

Health certification

I, Dr ………………………………, a duly authorised government veterinary officer, hereby certify that:

  1. The District or area from which the semen is derived is free from any disease of cattle notifiable by Law to the Department of Agriculture.

  2. The bull(s) from which the semen was collected were healthy and free from diseases which are transmitted via semen.

  3. The semen was collected at an approved Artificial Insemination Centre, which is under the sanitary supervision and control of a Veterinary surgeon.

  4. The Centre is under overall supervision of the Department of Agriculture which is responsible for routine visits to check the health and welfare of the bulls and the procedures and records at the Centre at least once every year.

  5. Adequate and approved measures have been taken against introduction of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in accordance with Terrestrial Animal Health Code of OIE.

  6. Bull requirements:

    1. The bull(s) were continuously resident at the AI Centre for a period of at least one month prior to collection of the semen and in that time had not been used for natural mating.
    2. Bluetongue - the bull(s):
      1. were kept in a BTV free zone for at least 60 days before commencement of, and during, collection of the semen; or
      2. were subjected to a serological test to detect antibodies to the BTV group, with negative results, at least every 60 days throughout the collection period and between 28 and 60 days after the final collection for this consignment; or
      3. were subjected to an agent identification test on blood samples collected at commencement and conclusion of, and at least every 7 days (virus isolation test) or at least every 28 days (PCR test) during, semen collection for this consignment, with negative results;
    3. The bull(s) were tested and showed no Campylobacter infection on culture examination of preputial washing during the 12 months before the date of collection of semen for export.
    4. The bull(s) have been tested serologically, twice a minimum of two weeks apart with a titre of 1:200 (both times) or less or none at the Semen Collection Centre (SCC), to the Leptospira serotype(s) prevalent in cattle in the exporting country (L. hardjo and L. pomona) prior to the collection of semen for this export OR been injected twice with an approved drug for the treatment of Leptospirosis according to the manufacturer’s directions within 6 months prior to the collection of this semen batch for export.
    5. The bull(s) have been tested for Tuberculosis with negative results within twelve months prior to the semen collection. Australia is free from Bovine Tuberculosis.
    6. The bull(s) were examined for IPV/IBR virus with negative results. In the event that the bull(s) are IPV/IBR antibody positive, an aliquot of each semen collection has been subjected to a virus isolation or PCR test performed in accordance with O.I.E Terrestrial Manual with negative results.

The tank has been sealed with Seal: #######


Bull Identification: Registration N˚:
​Bull Codes: Breed: Date of birth: ​
​​N˚ straws​
Collection date (batch code)​
dd/mm/yyyy (#####)​
Straw print details: ​

Other requirements


A declaration by the Artificial Insemination Centre (AIC) veterinarian is required for this export.

This template (DOCX 41 KB | PDF 231 KB​) provides the format for the Centre Veterinarian Declaration (CVD) for the export of cattle semen to the Republic of Kenya.

Basis for Micor entry

Based on health conditions included in an Import Permit issued in May 2021.

Entry last reviewed 19 May 2021.

Latest updates

22/11/2023 - Extensive changes were made to all sections of this entry.
Last updated: 23/11/2023 8:21 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:48 PM