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GUIDELINES FOR CARE OF ANIMALS

 

It is the responsibility of each exhibitor to care for animals in a manner that is responsible and ethical.  Following are some guidelines for the treatment of animals exhibited at the fair:

1.    Retraining Animal -

  • Animals should be tied or penned in a manner that will not hurt the animals or restrict it's breathing in any way.

  •  Animals should be tied so all four feet are firmly on the ground and they have enough room to stand comfortably and lie down.

  • Animals should be tied so they are not able to injure animals tied near them.

2.     Handling

  • Any type of rough handling which could harm the animal is prohibited. The use of whips, canes, and show sticks should be restricted to showing only and be used only to guide the animals, not punish them. Remember animals will respond quicker to quiet, gentle handling, than loud, rough handling. 

3.    Bedding

  • All animals should have bedding that is dry and clean. Pens should be cleaned regularly to keep the animals clean and comfortable. If non-traditional bedding, such as carpet, is used it should be regularly cleaned (at least twice daily) to keep the pen free from manure.

4.    Feeding & Water

  • Animals should be well fed and have access to clean water regularly. Realizing that many market animals must have restricted amounts of feed to maintain the proper weight, animals must be fed adequate amounts of feed to meet the animal's basic requirements. Animals not allowed reasonable access to feed and water will be disqualified from the show. 

5.    Transportation

  • Animals should be transported in a way that is both safe and considerate of the animal's well-being. 

6.     Blanket/Sweat Collars

  • Any type of material such as blankets or sweat collars should be large enough to permit normal body     functions such as breathing, eating, drinking, or lying down. 

7.     Health

  • It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to provide proper health care for their animals through routine inspection and consultation with health care professionals. The improper or illegal use of drugs or antibiotics is prohibited. If medication is indicated, be sure to follow the label directions and allow more than the stated withdrawal time.              

WEIGH IN TIMES FOR MARKET ANIMALS

Weigh-in for ALL market animals (open and junior classes) will be on Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on the fairgrounds in the youth arena.

For animals participating in other shows which conflict with the posted Sunday times, scales will be open on Monday, September 2, 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

HEALTH RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • "Certificate of Veterinary Inspection" -All livestock exhibits must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) (health certificate) signed by an accredited veterinarian;

           Pennsylvania Livestock - 

               issued after May 1st, current year, (Swine within 30 days                     of start of fair)

           Out-Of-State Livestock -   

                issued within 60 days of start of fair (Horses and Goats                        within 30 days of start of fair).

  • All animals must be free of infectious and contagious diseases and a statement of this is required on the CVI (the statement may be pre-printed on the CVI).  Animals appearing unhealthy upon arrival may not enter the fair grounds. Decisions by Fair Officials to deny entry to any livestock exhibit are final and not subject to appeal.

  • Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship - For animal species that do not have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection requirement, Pennsylvania law requires an "Animal Owner or Caretaker’s Verification of Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship" (VCPR) exists, and that it can be verified in writing .  This requirement is in addition to a "Certificate of Veterinary Inspection" requirement.  To meet this requirement, each exhibitor must have signed the VCPR statement located on the bottom of the fair’s livestock entry form (provided in this fair book). If more than one form is submitted, each form must be signed. If the owner/caretaker is under 18 years of age, the signature of a parent/guardian is required.

  • Both "Certificate of Veterinary Inspection " AND " evidence of a signed “Animal Owner or Caretaker's Verification of Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship" statement MUST be presented upon arrival including out of state entries for livestock exhibits.

  • All animals admitted to the Waterford Community Fair shall be identified by a unique and permanent ear tag, tattoo, brand or records of unique physical attributes. Animals known to be infected with or exposed to any contagious, infectious or external parasitic disease, and animals restricted by quarantine may not be assembled for show purposes.

  • All animals admitted to the Waterford Community Fair must comply with applicable state (7 PA Code) or federal (9CFR) rules.

  • Animals presented for exhibition will be subject to inspection by show officials and will be rejected if evidence of infectious, contagious or parasitic disease is apparent or if health certification or identification documentation is not acceptable.

  • All Show animals should be held in isolation for at least 30 days after return to the herd of origin.

 

  • Be sure to use only grooming products that are approved for use on meat and dairy animals when fitting your animals for show. Unapproved products may contain ingredients that result in unacceptable residues in the meat or milk. If you are not certain that a product is residue safe and approved for use on meat or dairy animals, DO NOT USE IT.

Dairy and Beef Cattle

 

For all dairy and beef cattle entries a "Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Form" issued after May 1 current year (within 30 days prior to start of fair for out of state animals) MUST be presented upon arrival.

 

HEALTH CERTIFICATION

  • No animal showing evidence of contagious, infectious, or external parasitic disease shall be allowed entrance into the show.

  • All animals must be accompanied by an approved CVI and VCPR Form and bear unique permanent identification.

  • 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. Health certificate must be available at all times as additional inspections of Health Certificates will be made.

  • ALL CATTLE MUST HAVE AN OFFICIAL ID which will have a US SHIELD and includes; a USDA-issued National Uniform Eartagging System (NUES) tag; or a 15-digit Animal Identification Number eartag starting with “840” or other USDA approved official identification.  Brands and breed registrations with tattoos are not acceptable.

 

Pennsylvania and out of state cattle

 

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

  • All cattle must be accompanied by a CVI, signed by an accredited veterinarian, that includes a statement that the animal(s) identified have been immunized against IBR, PT3, 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 that 15 days and not more than 180 days before the show.

  • IMPORTANT!  The date of the virus vaccination , OR the dates of the last two killed virus vaccinations must be recorded on the CVI.

  • Hyperimmune serum may not be used as a substitute for the above vaccination requirement. No animals will be admitted to the Waterford Fair unless these requirements have been met.

  • A current rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian is required for animals 3 months of age and older (market cattle are exempt from this requirement).  All vaccine label direction must be followed, and all rabies vaccinated equine animals must be accompanied by a rabies vaccination certificate or the vaccination information must be included on the CVI.  If a rabies vaccination certificate is provided, the certificate must contain legible name and contact information of the veterinarian who administered the vaccine and the veterinarian’s signature.  A copy of the rabies vaccination certificate is acceptable.

 

Out of state cattle

 

  • "Certificate of Veterinary Inspection " must be issued within 30 days of start of fair.   Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): (applies to states that experienced a Vesicular Stomatitis outbreak in the last 12 months). An accredited veterinarian shall determine whether the animals are free from VS, and animals shall be accompanied by a CVI with the following statement signed by the accredited veterinarian: “All animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from VS. During the past 90 days, these animals were not located within 10 miles of a site where VS has been diagnosed.”

 

TUBERCULOSIS REQUIREMENTS

  • A Tuberculosis test is required.

Horses

 

"Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Form" issued after May 1 current year (within 30 days prior to start of fair for out of state horses), MUST be presented upon arrival.

 

Pennsylvania and out of state horses

 

  • No horse showing evidence of infections, contagious or parasitic disease will be admitted to the fair or show.

  • Equine Infections Anemia (EIA) -- All horses must be test negative for EIA by an official test within the 12 months prior to the opening date of the exhibition. Laboratory test results must accompany each animal to its final destination (a copy of the original lab report is acceptable). The CVI shall specify the date of sample collection, date of results, and results of the EIA test, along with the accession number and the name of the testing laboratory. Foals less than six months of age accompanied by a test-negative dam 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 to its final destination

  • 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 distinct markings.

  • Horses should be immunized to prevent contagious respiratory disease not less that 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.

  • A current rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian is required for animals 3 months of age and older.  However, if a mare was currently vaccinated against rabies when she foaled, the foal is not required bo be vaccinatred until six months of age, with a second vaccination administered two-four weeks later. All vaccine label directions must be followed, and all rabies vaccinated equine animals must be accompanied by a rabies vaccination certificated or the vaccination information must be included on the CVI.  If a rabies vaccination     certificate is provided, the certificate must contain legible name and contact information of the veterinarian who administered the vaccine and the veterinarian's signature.  A copy of the rabies vaccination certificate is acceptable.

 

Out of state horses

 

  • "Certificate of Veterinary Inspection”  must be issued within 30 days prior to the start of the fair.  The CVI shall include a statement verifying that “all animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).  During the past 90 days, these animals have neither been exposed to VS nor located within 10 miles of a site where VS has been diagnosed.”

  • If an equine animal has resided in a state in which Piroplasmosis has been identified within the past six months for a cumulative total of 30 days or more within the 6 months preceding the date of entry to the Commonwealth, that animal must be test-negative for Piroplasmosis on a competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (c-ELISA) test, or a Department-approved equivalent test, with the test occurring within the 30 days preceding entry into Pennsylvania.  The date of test and the test results shall be written on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

Swine

For all Swine entries, a "Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Form" or "Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Form" (for out of state animals)  issued not more than 30 days before the start of the fair MUST be presented upon arrival.

Pennsylvania and out of state swine 

  1.      All animals must be free of infectious and contagious diseases and a statement of this is required on the CVI.

  2.      Individual animal ID is required.  ID Options include the following:      

  • A form of official ID, including: 

    • A registration certificate in combination with an ear notch; or ;

    • A USDA-issued metal ear tag with US Shield; or

    • An ISO Compliant 15-digit eartag starting with “840” (including RFID)

    • OR  A plastic stamped ear tag (market hogs only). 

         3.       All animals have been visually inspected for signs of disease immediately prior to unloading at the exhibition by an                           accredited veterinarian.

         4.      All market swine exhibited shall move directly to slaughter following the exhibition and may not be diverted to                                  premises other than a recognized slaughter establishment or slaughter market.

Out of state swine 

"Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection”  must be issued within 30 days prior to the start of the fair.  The ICVI shall include a statement verifying the swine have not been fed raw garbage and that “all animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).  During the past 90 days, these animals have neither been exposed to VS nor located within 10 miles of a site where VS has been Diagnosed.”

 

BRUCELLOSIS TESTING REQUIREMENTS

  • No brucellosis test is required if the animal originated from a Validated Brucellosis-free Herd.  If from a Validated Herd, the herd number and date of last test must be included on the CVI.

  • If not originating from a Validated Herd, out of state swine must be negative to a brucellosis test within the 30 days prior to the opening date of the fair and the negative results and date of test must be included on the CVI or the animal must be accompanied by a negative laboratory test report (a copy of the original lab report is acceptable.

 

PSEUDORABIES TESTING REQUIREMENTS

  • No pseudorabies test is required if the animal originates from a Qualified Pseudorabies-negative Herd.  A Qualified Pseudorabies-negative Herd shall not be construed to mean every swine herd from a Stage V state, bout only those herds in compliance with individual herd testing plans.  If from a Qualified Herd, the herd number and date of last test must be included on the CVI.

  •  If not originating from a Qualified Herd, out of state swine must be negative to a pseudorabies test within the 30 days prior to the opening date of the fair and the negative results and date of test must be included on the CVI or the animal must be accompanied by a negative laboratory test report (a copy of the original lab report is acceptable)

Sheep

 

For all sheep entries a "Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Form" issued after May 1 current year (within 30 days prior to start of fair for out of state sheep) MUST be presented upon arrival.

Pennsylvania and out of state sheep

 

HEALTH RULES AND REGULATIONS

To qualify, all animals must be free of any evidence of transmissible disease, including external parasites, sore mouth, and foot rot, and be clearly identified on an official CVI . A copy of the CVI must accompany the sheep to the fair and be available for inspection at all times during the fair as additional inspections of sheep health certificates will be made.

 

  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--Flocks must be examined after May 1, current year. The veterinarian who has examined the entries and the flocks from which they come must certify on the health certificate 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 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. 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 fair.

  5.  Shipping Fever Complex--It is recommended that all sheep, except those consigned to immediate slaughter, be properly immunized before shipment to the fair.

  6.  Individual official USDA scrapie animal identification is required.  Official scrapie ID includes:

    • A USDA ear tag with a US shield; or

    • A legible tattoo with herd and individual identification   recognized in an approved USDA Scrapie database; or

    • Sheep having a breed registration tattoo and accompanied by   a registration certificate are exempt from the scrapie ID   requirement if the tattoo is legible and a registration certificate   (copy acceptable) or a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection   which lists the tattoo and registry

  7.  A current rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian is required for animals 3 months of age and older (market sheep are exempt from this vaccination requirement).  All vaccine label directions must be followed, and all rabies vaccinated sheep must be accompanied by a rabies vaccination certificate or the vaccination information must be included on the CVI.  If a rabies vaccination certificate is provided, the certificate must contain legible name and contact information of the veterinarian who administered the vaccine and the veterinarian’s signature.  A copy of the rabies vaccination certificate is acceptable.

Out of state sheep

“Certificate of Veterinary Inspection” must be issued within 30 days prior to the start of the fair.  The CVI shall include a statement verifying that “all animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).  During the past 90 days, these animals have neither been exposed to VS nor located within 10 miles of a site where VS has been diagnosed.”

Goats

"Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Form" issued after May 1 current year (within 30 days prior to start of fair for out of state goats) MUST be presented upon arrival.

Pennsylvania and out of state goats

 

Individual official animal identification is required.

 

Official ID includes:

  • USDA ear tag which will have a US SHIELD; or

  • A legible tattoo with herd and individual identification recognized in   an approved USDA Scrapie database; or

  • Goats having a breed registration tattoo and accompanied by a   registration certificate are exempt from the scrapie ID requirement if   the tattoo is legible and a registration certificate (copy acceptable) or   a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection which lists the tattoo and   registry accompanies the animal at all times during transport from t  he premises of birth.

  1. All animals must be free of infectious and contagious diseases and a statement of this is required on the CVI.

  2.  All drug and vaccine label directions should be followed, included but not limited to milk and slaughter withdrawal periods.

  3. Must have official scrapie tag or ID.

  4. Open to 4-H Members only.

  5. Market goats must be sold at sale.  Market goats must be castrated by the date animal is weighed.

  6.  Decisions made by officials are final and not appealable.

 

Out of state goats

  1. A “Certificate of Veterinary Inspection” must be issued within 30 days prior to the start of the fair.  The CVI shall include a statement verifying that “all animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).  During the past 90 days, these animals have neither been exposed to VS nor located within 10 miles of a site where VS has been diagnosed.”

  2. Tuberculosis Testing requirements:

  • No test is required for animals originating from “Accredited Free” states or zones

  • All animals originating from states or zones designated “Modified Accredited Advanced” must be test negative within the 60 days prior to importation.  The negative test results and date of the test must be included on the CVI or the animal must be accompanied by a negative laboratory test report (a copy of the original lab report is acceptable.)

  • All animals originating from states or zones designated “Modified Accredited” must originate from herds in which all animals 12 months of age or older have tested negative within the 12 months prior to the date of importation; and the individual animals to be imported have also tested negative within the 60 days prior to the date of importation and at least 60 days after the negative whole herd test was completed.  The negative test results and date of test must be included on the CVI or the animal must be accompanied by a negative laboratory test report (a copy of the original lab report is acceptable)

Rabbits

 

Pennsylvania and out of state rabbits

 

"Animal Owner or Caretaker's Verification of Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship" form MUST be presented upon arrival including out of state entries for livestock and rabbit exhibitors. All rabbit entries must be individually identified on the fair’s LIVESTOCK ENTRY FORM, found in this book. The form must be signed by the animals’ owner.  Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) is not required for Pennsylvania rabbit entries.

 

1.          Rabbits will be screened on arrival for health and show condition.

2.          No rabbits showing signs of contagious or infectious disease will be admitted to the show.

3.          Department superintendents have the final judgment in resolving any dispute.

 

Out of state rabbits

1.          A“Certificate of Veterinary Inspection” must be issued within 60 days prior to the start of the fair.