Regulations for Animal Health 2017

**HEALTH REGULATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE**
***CHECK WEBSITE FOR UDPATED RULES!***
IMPORTANT: ALL CERTIFICATES OF VETERINARY INSPECTION
MUST BE CHECKED BEFORE UNLOADING!

The BASE DATE for computing health rules will be the opening day of the show. Animals will not be admitted without the necessary health papers. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must be available at all times as additional inspections of CVIs will be made.

***IMPORTANT***
Treatment with drugs, biologics or any chemical from fitting products is the cause of condemnation of meat or milk. The loss of the meat or milk and any other damages will be borne by the exhibitor.

PA recommends all horses, ponies, breeding sheep, and breeding cattle to be vaccinated against rabies at least one month, but not more than 12 months, before the opening day of the show. Proof of vaccination may appear on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Market animals DO NOT need to be vaccinated.

HORSES

All horses must be accompanied by an approved Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued after May 1st, 2017, and bearing unique permanent identification.

No horse showing evidence of infectious, contagious, or parasitic diseases will be admitted to the show.


HEALTH RULES:
1. Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) — All horses must be official ELISA or AGID (Coggins) test negative within one year of admission to the show. The negative test report must accompany the horse. The negative test must have been conducted within 12 months of the opening date of the show. Foals less than six months of age accompanied by a dam which meets the above requirements are exempt from EIA testing requirements. If the foal is not accompanied by the dam, a copy of the dam’s test results must accompany the foal. The negative test report must be issued to the current owner of all horses, including pulling teams, and must include an accurate description of the horse including age, color, and sex, plus any other reliable identification such as tattoos, distinctive marks, etc. Solid color animals must be identified by some method of unique identification such as a lip tattoo, brand, or at least two (2) distinct markings.

2. Horses should be immunized to prevent contagious respiratory disease not less than 15 days before the show. Exhibitors are advised to consult their veterinarian regarding proper conditioning and vaccination of their animals at least 30 days prior to the show.

3. RABIES VACCINATION: Per Penn State Guidelines, ALL 4H horses and ponies entered in the Lawrence County Fair MUST BE VACCINATED against rabies at least one month, but not more than 12 months, before the opening date of the show (re-vaccination is required each year). Exhibitors can present a statement, signed and dated by an accredited veterinarian, stating that the animal was vaccinated. Proof of vaccination may appear on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.


DAIRY AND BEEF CATTLE

All cattle must be accompanied by an approved Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued after May 1st, 2017, and bearing unique permanent identification.

All cattle must be free of any evidence of infectious, contagious, or parasitic diseases.

HEALTH RULES:
1. ALL CATTLE MUST HAVE AN OFFICIAL EAR TAG OR BREED REGISTRATION TATTOO.
2. PENNSYLVANIA CATTLE: No Tuberculosis test is required.
No Brucellosis test is required.
3. VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: All cattle must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, signed by an accredited veterinarian, that includes a statement that the animal(s) identified have been immunized against IBR, PI3, and BVD.
Animals that have never been vaccinated against BVD or have not been vaccinated against BVD during the previous 12 months, must receive one dose of modified live virus vaccine given at least 15 days, and not more than 180 days before the show, or two doses of killed vaccine, two to four weeks apart, with the last dose given at least 15 days and not more than 180 days before the show.
Animals that have been vaccinated against BVD within the previous 12 months must receive at least a single injection of modified live virus or killed vaccine given not less than 15 days and not more than 180 days before the show.
IMPORTANT! The date of the last live virus vaccination, or the dates of the last two killed virus vaccinations, must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
4. Hyperimmune serum may NOT be used as a substitute for the above vaccination requirement. No animals will be admitted to the Fair Complex unless these requirements have been met.
5. RABIES VACCINATION: The Lawrence County Fair requires all breeding cattle to be vaccinated against rabies at least one month, but not more than 12 months, before the opening day of the show. Proof of vaccination may appear on the CVI. Market animals DO NOT need to be vaccinated.

OUT-OF-STATE CATTLE
1. An interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within the 60 days prior to the opening date of the show is required. It should record the required tests and state that the animals have not been exposed to any infectious, contagious, or parasitic disease and be signed by an accredited veterinarian approved by the State Veterinarian of the state of origin and forwarded to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services.
2. TUBERCULOSIS TEST IS REQUIRED.
3. BRUCELLOSIS REQUIREMENTS:
1. No test is required for animals originating from states classified as
Brucellosis-Free.
2. Animals originating from Class A, B or C states should call 717-783-9550 for current interstate brucellosis test requirements.


SHEEP

All sheep must be free of any evidence of transmissible disease, including external parasites, sore mouth, and foot rot, and be clearly identified on an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection of the state of origin.

All sheep must be accompanied by an approved Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued after May 1st, 2017, and it must be available at all times as additional inspections of CVIs will be made.


HEALTH RULES:
1. IDENTIFICATION: Purebred animals must be identified by registry name and number corresponding to the ear tag or tattoo number. Grade animals must be identified by farm-flock number, corresponding to the ear tag or tattoo number.
2. FLOCK INSPECTION: The veterinarian who has examined the entries and the flocks from which they come must certify on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection that he has found no evidence of transmissible disease and to the best of his knowledge, no exposure thereto, and are not subject to any quarantine restrictions.
3. IMPORTANT SCRAPIE RULE: Certification by the owner and an accredited veterinarian that the identified animal(s) is (are) not known to have been exposed to scrapie.
4. ALL SHEEP MUST BEAR AN OFFICIAL U.S.D.A./A.P.H.I.S. EAR TAG TO BE EXHIBITED AT THE SHOW. SHEEP FROM FLOCKS ON THE VOLUNTARY SCRAPIE PROGRAM MUST BEAR THE OFFICIAL EAR TAG, TATTOO OR ELECTRONIC EAR IMPLANT.
5. DIPPING: Not required of sheep entries from officially recognized scabies free areas; all other sheep must be dipped in an officially permitted solution within 10 days of the opening date of the show.
6. SHIPPING FEVER COMPLEX: It is recommended that all sheep, except those consigned to immediate slaughter, be properly immunized before shipment to the show.
7. RABIES VACCINATION: The Lawrence County Fair requires all breeding sheep to be vaccinated against rabies at least one month, but not more than 12 months, before the opening day of the show. Proof of vaccination may appear on the CVI. Market animals DO NOT need to be vaccinated.


SWINE

All swine must be accompanied by an approved Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued after May 1st, 2017, and it must be available at all times as additional inspections of CVIs will be made. It must state that the animal(s) show no signs of contagious or infectious diseases and list all animals.

HEALTH RULES:
1. BRUCELLOSIS: No test required.
2. PSEUDORABIES: No test required.
3. CERTIFICATE OF VETERINARY INSPECTION MUST SHOW THIS STATEMENT: HERD OF ORIGIN HAS SHOWN NO EVIDENCE OF PSEUDORABIES WITHIN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS.

GOATS

All goats must be free of any evidence of contagious or infectious disease including caseous lymphadenitis, sore mouth, active erring worm, foot rot, warts, lice and mange and be clearly identified on an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
All goats must be accompanied by an approved Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued after May 1st, 2017, and it must be available at all times as additional inspections of CVIs will be made.

HEALTH RULES:
1. IMPORTANT RULE: ALL GOATS MUST BEAR AN OFFICIAL U.S.D.A/A.P.H.I.S EARTAG OR LEGIBLE BREED REGISTRATION TATTOO TO BE EXHIBITED AT THE SHOW. THE ONLY EXCEPTIONS ARE THOSE GOATS THAT HAVE A REGISTRATION TATTOO AND HAVE BEEN CODED WITH A PREMISE I.D. NUMBER.
2. BRUCELLOSIS: No test required.
3. TUBERCULOSIS: No test required.

RABBITS

The “Animal Owner or Caretaker’s Verification of Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship” section of the entry form MUST BE SIGNED & COMPLETED, including out-of-state entries.

HEALTH RULES:
Rabbits will be screened upon arrival for health and show condition. Any rabbit showing signs of contagious or infectious disease will NOT be admitted to the show. Department superintendents have the final judgment in resolving any dispute

POULTRY
1. All poultry and waterfowl must bear an INDIVIDUAL IDENTIFICATION LEG BAND to be entered.
2. AN OWNER-ENDORSED HEALTH CERTIFICATE (AVAILABLE ONLINE OR AT      THE OFFICE) MUST ACCOMPANY ALL POULTRY AND WATERFOWL.  It must       include the following:

  1. Name & Location of the show
  2. Name, address & telephone number of the owner
  3. A statement that the entries and the flock of origin are free of evidence of               contagious diseases.
  4. The number, breed, species and the identification band number of each                  bird to be exhibited
  5. Owner’s signature and date it was signed
  6. Most recent negative AI and Pullorum-Typhoid reports with the NPIP or                  AIMF number.  Copies are acceptable.

3.  All poultry and waterfowl must be free of infectious and contagious diseases.  Birds appearing unhealthy upon arrival will not remain at the show.  The    superintendent has the final judgement in resolving any and all disputes as to the health of the birds entered for exhibition.

4.  Avian Influenza Clean Testing and Verification: (All samples must be collected by a Certified Poultry Technician or an Accredited Veterinarian.)

All poultry and waterfowl for exhibition must originate from a flock in good standing in the PA NPIP Avian Influenza Clean program or the NPIP H5/H7 AI Clean Program.  (The flock must be participating in the program – it is not considered a clean flock if only originating from a clean breeder flock or hatchery) and the birds must be accompanied by the most recent test report (copy acceptable).  Test results must be negative.  The NPIP flock number must be noted on the report OR the birds must originate from a flock in which a minimum of 30 birds, 3 weeks of age or older, were tested negative for avian influenza within the 30 days prior to the opening date of the show and the birds must be accompanied by the test report (copy acceptable).  Test results must be negative.  If fewer than 30 birds are in the flock, test all birds.

 For ducks and geese, cloacal swab samples must be collected for testing, and the swabs must be tested using virus isolation (ducks and geese) or PCR (domestic ducks only) techniques.  

 Birds shall not be comingled with untested or AI-positive birds after negative samples have been collected and before the show.

5. Pullorum -Typhoid Clean Testing and Verification: (All Samples must be collected by a certified poultry technician or an Accredited Veterinarian.)

All poultry (except waterfowl) must originate from a flock in good standing in the NPIP Pullorum-Typhoid Clean Program (and there was no break in the chain of ownership by NPIP participants) or from a flock in good standing in the PA Pullorum Equivalent Program.  The birds must be accompanied by the most recent test report (copy acceptable).  Test results must be negative.  If the rapid whole-blood plate agglutination test was done, the most recent 9-2 or state equivalent form must accompany the birds (copy acceptable).  Test results must be negative.  If birds are less than one year of age and orginate from an NPIP Clean hatchery, they do not have to be tested for pullorum if they are accompanied by a 9-3 form from that hatchery and any additions to the flock were also from NPIP Clean sources.  The NPIP number must be noted on the report for NPIP Pollurum-Typhoid Clean flocks: OR Indidual birds (except waterfowl) for show must have had a negative pullorum-typhoid test within the 90 days prior to the opening of the show.  The birds must be accompanied by the most recent test report or state equivalent form for the rapid test (copies acceptable).  The following age restrictions apply to comply with NPIP standards:

  1. Chickens shall be tested at 4 months of age or older
  2. Turkeys shall be tested at 12 weeks of age or older.
  3. Game birds shall be tested at 4 months of age or older, or upon sexual                   maturity, whichever comes first.
  4. All birds not meeting these age restrictions at the time of sampling are                 exempt from pullorum testing requirements.