CHAPTER 264

APPROPRIATION - STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE FOR CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF BANG'S DISEASE

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 21 OF THE REVISED CODE OF DELAWARE, 1935, AS AMENDED, BY PROVIDING FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE IN THE CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF BANG'S DISEASE IN CATTLE BY MAKING PROVISION FOR THE VACCINATION OF CALVES AND TESTING OF HERDS; POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE; DUTIES OF VETERINARIANS; PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE 'WITH AND VIOLATIONS OF, PROVISIONS OF THE ACT; AND APPROPRIATIONS TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF THE ACT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That Chapter 21 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, as amended, be further amended by enacting and inserting after 678. Sec. 111. thereof a new Section to be designated 678A. Sec. 111A., as follows, to-wit:

678A. Sec. 111A. Vaccination of Calves; Authority of State Board of Agriculture; Movement of Cattle Restricted; When; Exception; Report by Veterinarian; Testing of Herd; Appropriation:--

(a) Upon request of an owner or owners, the State Board of Agriculture shall cause any calves in the State to be vaccinated against brucellosis (Bang's disease) when such calves are between the ages of four and eight months except calves in herds under State and Federal supervision for the control and eradication of brucellosis and operating under the test and slaughter plan, which calves need not be vaccinated unless the owners so desire. Upon such request, the State Board of Agriculture shall assign a Federal, State, or accredited veterinarian to administer the vaccine furnished by said Board. The State Board of Agriculture shall make the necessary rules and regulations for handling and use of the vaccine. On and after January 1, 1951, it shall be unlawful to move cattle from any premise for other than immediate slaughter unless they have been vaccinated prior to reaching the age of eight months or unless such animal is negative to an authorized blood agglutination test for brucellosis made within a period of thirty (30) days prior to the date of removal; provided, however, that such restriction shall not apply * to animals in accredited brucellosis-free herds.

(b) Each veterinarian so authorized to make vaccinations shall report to the State Board of Agriculture on forms furnished by it all such vaccinations. Any veterinarian not complying with the rules made by the State Board of Agriculture for the control and eradication of Bang's Disease shall not be assigned any further State work.

(c) Any owner of any herd not under State and Federal test and slaughter -plan may apply to the State Board of Agriculture for a herd test for brucellosis for the purpose of determining the extent of infection in his herd so long as not more than one such test is made on any one herd in any one year. Any and all reactors found as a result of such test shall be tagged with react tags, the numbers of which, shall be recorded, and shall remain on the premises unless removed for immediate slaughter at an establishment where Federal meat inspection is maintained. At the time of such removal, such reactors shall be branded with a "B" brand not more than three nor less than two inches high and a permit issued for removal to slaughter. Reactors found in informational tests shall not be eligible to indemnity unless the owner adopts the test and slaughter plan and fully observes the regulations governing operation under such plan.

(d) In addition to any other monies appropriated to the State Board of Agriculture, an additional sum of Twelve Thousand Dollars ($12,000.00) is appropriated to the said Board for the purposes of paying for the vaccination of calves as described herein, for the testing of cattle for Bang's Disease, and to carry into effect the general purposes of this Act. Of the sum so appropriated, Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000.00) shall be available for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1947, and ending June 30, 1948, and a like sum of Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000.00) shall be available for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1948, and ending June 30, 1949. Such sums shall be paid out by the State Treasurer upon warrants duly approved by the proper officers of the State Board of Agriculture.

This Act shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Act and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State Treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Approved April 9, 1947