Health Regulations

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS


• All animals must be examined by the official veterinarian on the day they are admitted to the exhibition and at least once daily during the exhibition.
• Prior to entering a public exhibition, animals must meet the requirements for exhibition, importation, and intrastate movement as defined by the Board.
• No animal may enter or be at a public exhibition that is showing clinical signs of any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease, including ringworm and warts.

 

Always check with exhibition management for additional requirements.

 

For information and requirements related to petting zoos, pony rides, races, and other events and/or displays at an exhibition, please contact the Board of Animal Health at 651-296-2942.

 

EXHIBITION REQUIREMENTS FOR OTHER SPECIES

 

HORSES - All horses except for suckling foals accompanying a negative dam, must be negative to an official Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) test within 12 months prior to the opening date of an exhibition.

 

DOGS - A dog four months of age or older attending a dog exhibition must be accompanied by a certificate of rabies
vaccination issued by a licensed veterinarian documenting that the dog is currently vaccinated for rabies.

 

DEER AND ELK - Deer and elk must be officially identified.

 

Additional exhibition information for all livestock species can be found online at www.mn.gov/bah or by calling the Board of Animal Health at 651-296-2942.

 

CATTLE - Cattle must be officially identified prior to exhibition. The following are approved official identification for cattle. Official ID may not be removed from an animal once it is applied.
1. National Uniform Ear Tagging System (NUES)
   • Begins with the official state number “41” for Minnesota
2. Animal Identification Number (AIN) System
   • Consists of 15 digits, beginning with “840”, the US country code
   • Includes Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) version
   • 15-digit RFID tags beginning with the letters USA or manufacturer-coded tags beginning with any number between 900-998
1. American Identification NumberSystem
   • Combines “USA” with 8 or 9 digits
   • Includes the National Farm Animal Identification and Records (FAIR) Administered by Holstein Association USA, Inc.
2. Breed Registry Tattoos and Tags
   • Acceptable if accompanied by documentation listing the breed registration number (pending registrations are not acceptable)


SWINE - Breeding and feeding swine (except for those in slaughter-only classes) must be officially identified prior to exhibition. The following are official identification for swine. Official ID may not be removed for an animal once it is applied.
1. National Uniform Ear Tagging System (NUES)
   • Begins with the official state number “41” for Minnesota. Metal NUES tags can be ordered at no cost by calling 651-201-6836.
2. Animal Identification Number (AIN) System
   • Consists of 15 digits, beginning with “840”, the US country code
   • Includes Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) version
   • 15-digit RFID tags beginning with the letters USA or manufacturer-coded tags beginning with any number between 900-998
3. Ear notching with Breed Registration
   • Must be accompanied by registration paperwork
4. Slap or Ear Tattoos - for feeding swine only.


SHEEP and GOATS - All sheep and goats at public exhibitions must be officially identified. No sheep or goat that is within 30 days of giving birth, either before or after birthing, may be exhibited, except with prior approval from the Board.
1. Official Scrapie Identification. Free ear tags available by phone 1-866-USDATag or online at http://mn.gov/bah/scrapie-tags.html
   • Plastic and metal versions
   • Contain official U.S. Shield symbol
   • 9 digits beginning with MN + 5 digit premises ID number + 4 digit unique identifier
2. Scrapie Flock Certification Program ID
   • Plastic ear tags offered in various colors and styles
   • Unique number starting with “MN”
   • Tattoos with enrolled flock/herd number & unique animal numbers 3. Breed Registry and Premises ID Tattoos
   • Valid only with a copy of the registration paper or listing the registration number and tattoos on a CVI
   • Producers may use their flock/herd Scrapie premises number as a tattoo. A unique animal number must appear in the other ear

 

POULTRY EXHIBITION REQUIREMENTS - All chickens, turkeys, and game bird at exhibitions, except baby poultry, must be individually identified with a leg or wing band (http://bahwp/media/poultry-leg-band.jpg). At exhibitions, all chickens, turkeys, game birds, and hatching eggs from these birds must be accompanied by a certificate or test chart approved by the Board to show compliance with the following requirements:
1. Pullorum-typhoid – origination from a hatchery or breeding flock that is classified pullorum-typhoid clean under the plan; or be negative to pullorum-typhoid test within 90 days prior to the opening date of exhibition.
2. Mycoplasma gallisepticum and Mycoplasma synoviae – all turkeys and turkey hatching eggs must originate from a hatchery or breeding flock that is classified Mycoplasma gallisepticum clean and Mycoplasma synoviae clean under the plan; or be negative to a Mycoplasma gallisepticum and Mycoplasma synoviae test within 90 days prior to the opening date of exhibition.
SLAUGHTER-ONLY CLASSES - means livestock or poultry exhibition classes in which all animals from the class will be moved directly to slaughter from the exhibition premises and the entire class is kept isolated in a separate building from other livestock and poultry at
the exhibition.
 

 

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