CHAPTER 5C-4 – ADMISSION OF ANIMALS FOR EXHIBITION Effective Date (6/21/2006)
AS REQUIRED: FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES
5C-4.0017 General Requirements and Limitations
1. Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) Required. All animals for exhibition in Florida, unless specifically exempted, must be accompanied by an OCVI issued by a veterinarian accredited in the state of origin.
(a) The OCVI must be complete including the breed, name and registration number, and permanent identification such as tattoo, ear tag number, microchip number, or brand.
(b) Results of a specific test requirement or herd certification or validation number for each animal must be recorded on the OCVI with the date of the test or herd certification or validation.
2. For exhibition purposes only, an OCVI is valid for 90 days from the date of issue; or until the expiration date of any required tests, whichever is the earliest date. For importation into the State, the OCVI is valid for 30 days pursuant to Rule 5C-3.002(1)(c).
3. Exemption to Required OCVI. An OCVI is not required for animals originating in the state of Florida and entered in market classes provided that the animals are segregated from other animals and only the animals in a market class occupy the pens. Pens used for market class must not be reused until after cleaning and disinfecting.
4. Prior to acceptance at an exhibition, all animals presented for exhibition must be visually inspected by a veterinarian licensed in the State of Florida, or by a Department representative for:
(a) The required identification of animal;
(b) Clinical signs of disease including but not limited to pinkeye, lice, mites, atrophic rhinitis (crooked-nose), warts, inspect your animal early on, contact your veterinarian if there is evidence of warts; and
(c) Evidence of compliance with test requirements.
5. Any animal, which has clinical signs of contagious or infectious disease on visual inspection, or any animal, which is known to be exposed, must be:
(a) Withdrawn from exhibition and returned to the place of origin, or
(b) Examined at the owner’s expense within 24 hours by a veterinarian licensed in the state of Florida who certifies by a signed written statement that the animal is free of contagious of infectious disease.
5C-4.002 Cattle (Beef & Dairy)
1. OCVI Required. Cattle for exhibition must be accompanied by an OCVI dated not more than 90 days prior to presentation and must be accompanied by evidence of completion of the test requirements or certifications listed in 5C-4.002(2).
2. Test or Certification Required.
1. Cattle may be entered for exhibition without a tuberculin test provided the OCVI identifies the cattle as originating from a Tuberculosis-Free State as defined in rule 5C-7.016(3), Florida Administrative Code, and Accredited Tuberculosis-Free Herd, as defined in rule 5C-7.016(1), Florida Administrative Code, or a herd not under quarantine in a Modified Accredited Tuberculosis State, as defined in rule 5C-7.016(23), Florida Administrative Code. When accredited, the herd accreditation number must be recorded on the OCVI.
2. Other cattle may be entered for exhibition provided the cattle originate from a herd not under quarantine and have a negative tuberculin test within 30 days prior to the date of the exhibition.
3. A positive test on any animal in a designated group disqualifies all animals of the group form exhibition.
1. Vaccination Required. All female dairy cattle four months of age or older born after January 1, 1984 must be officially calfhood vaccinated.
2. No Test Required
1. OCVI Required. Goats for exhibition must be accompanied by an OCVI dated not more than 90 days prior to presentation and must be accompanied by evidence of completion of the test requirements or certifications listed in 5C-4.005(3).
2. Identification: Sexually intact goats must be tagged in conformity with the National Scrapie Eradication Uniform Methods and Rules. Only USDA-provided or -approved tags shall be used. USDA-provided tags will either have a unique alphanumeric sequence or a premise number and a production (animal) number within a flock, or a premises number and a unique alphanumeric sequence. A USDA-approved identification may include either an official USDA ear tag, a legible breed registration tattoo accompanied by the registration certificate, or a microchip if the animal originates from a flock enrolled in the voluntary Scrapie Certification Program and the flock owner with a microchip reader accompanies the animal(s).
3. All goats must have a scrapie ID number. (SRF)
Please DO NOT USE EAR TAGS in registered goats ears. All unregistered goats must be scrapies tagged as required by the Florida State Veterinarian and the USDA Scrapies Eradication Guidelines. The USDA Premise Identification Number must appear on the health certificate. Premise ID # may be obtained by calling USDA office at (352) 333-3120. (SRF Rule)
4. Test or Certification Required.
(a) Tuberculosis & (b) Brucellosis
1. Exemption From Test Requirements. There are no tuberculosis or brucellosis test requirements for meat type goats or Florida-origin dairy goats.
1. OCVI Not Required for exhibition of horses.
2. Test or Certification Required. All horses presented for exhibition must be accompanied by evidence of a negative official test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), conducted within 12 months prior to exhibition. The negative EIA test must be reported on:
(a) An original owner’s copy of a VS Form 10-11;
(b) A laboratory certified copy of a VS Form 10-11;
(c) A legible photocopy of a VS Form 10-11;
5C-4.004 Poultry, Domestic Fowl
1. OCVI Not Required for exhibition of poultry and domestic fowl.
2. Test or Certification Required. All poultry or domestic fowl entered for exhibition must originate from Pullorum-Typhoid Clean flocks or hatcheries, as provided in 9 CFR § 145 (2005) and § 147 (2005), or have a negative pullorum-typhoid test within 90 days prior to exhibition.
On the day of entry, a State Veterinarian or USDA representative will examine the general health of the birds. All birds not on the NPIP program will be bled to check for pullorum-typhoid and throats swabbed for Avian Influenza and Exotic Newcastle. If you participate in the NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Plan) write your card number on your entry form in the space provided. Upon arrival at the fair notify USDA representatives prior to bleeding and show them your card. (SRF Rule)
1. No Chapter 5C-4 definitions
Rabbits will NOT be accepted for entry if they are emaciated, unhealthy or infested with interior or external parasites such as lice, mites and fleas. Ears and fur must be clean and free of lice and mites. Any rabbit with traces of medication or oil in ear or fur will be denied entry into the fair. (SRF Rule)
1. OCVI Not Required. Swine for exhibition as “market class” swine are exempt from the OCVI and test requirements provided that all swine in the class go directly to slaughter following the exhibition.
Swine with evidence of atrophic rhinitis “crooked nose disease” will not be allowed in the fair. (SRF Rule)