Tennessee Fair Regulations: Health Requirements for Livestock

Summary

  1. It is expected that all exhibitors will bring only healthy animals to fairs and exhibitions. Although state and federal animal health officials will be performing some inspections, fair officials are responsible for ensuring that all animals entering fairs for exhibition are in overall good health and are accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Animals showing clinical signs of contagious disease should be sent home immediately. Violations should be reported to the state veterinarian or his agent.
  2. Certificate(s) of Veterinary Inspection are to accompany all animal(s) to the respective shows with the exception of in-state Tennessee equine and poultry. In-state Tennessee equine six (6) months of age or older must have a negative Equine Infectious Anemia test within the preceeding twelve (12) months. Poultry assembled at shows and exhibitions should be accompanied by evidence of a negative test for Pullorum-Thyphoid within 90 days, or be tested on-site prior to exhibition following strict biosecurity procedures, or originate directly from a flock which has been certified Pullorum-Thyphoid Clean under the Tennessee Poultry Improvement Plan. As part of increased awareness and surveillance for Avian Influenza and other poultry diseases, all bird’s physical appearance should be assessed at the time testing is conducted.
  3. Health certificates issued in satisfaction of these Tennessee Fair Regulations shall be good for 90 days for Tennessee livestock only.
  4. Any “chick chain” birds that have been commingled with birds of unknown disease status must test negative for Pullorum-Thyphoid prior to exhibition.
  5. Please note that exhibition requirements for out-of-state livestock are the same as regular import requirements.
  6. Warts and ringworm are considered contagious and infectious diseases and are permissible exclusions only if considered inactive by the issuing veterinarian and noted as such on the Certificate of Verterinary Inspection.
  7. Scabies, contagious ecthyma (soremouth), footrot, cutaneous fungal and bacterial infections (i.e. club lamb disease, caseous lymphadenitis) are considered contagious and infectious diseases, and are permissible exclusions only if considered inactive by the issuing veterinarian and noted as such on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

 

GENERAL:

  • All stalls, pens, chutes, etc. located on the grounds of fairs and exhibitions shall be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with a disinfectant approved by USDA, APHIS between each scheduled fair or exhibition.
  • All livestock (except poultry and equine) which enter fairs and exhibitions shall be accompanied by an official veterinary health certificate with individual permanent identification. Certificates for this purpose shall be valid for ninety (90) days from the date of issue. (Tennessee livestock only – out-of-state certificates are valid for thirty (30) days from the date of issue)
  • No animals showing clinical signs of infectious or communicable disease shall be allowed to enter or remain on premises of fairs or exhibitions. It shall be the responsibility of the manager of each event to assure prompt removal of such animals.

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY ORIGINATING WITHIN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE [Certificates of Veterinary Inspection Valid for a Period of Ninety (90) Days]

SWINE:

  • All swine which enter the fairs and exhibitions shall be accompanied by an official veterinary health certificate with individual permanent identification or sufficient description to identify each animal.

CATTLE:

  • All cattle which enter fairs and exhibitions shall be accompanied by an official veterinary health certificate with individual permanent, official identification.

POULTRY:

  • Sponsors of poultry shows or exhibitions shall notify the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at least thirty (30) days prior to show or exhibition.
  • All poultry assembled at shows or exhibitions shall be accompanied by evidence of a negative Pullorum-Thyphoid within ninety (90) days; or be tested on-site for Pullorum-Thyphoid prior to exhibition followings strict biosecurity procedures; or originate froma flock which has been certified as Pullorum-Thyphoid Clean under the Tennessee Poultry Improvement Plan.
  • Poultry found not to be in apparent good health shall be removed immediately fromany show or exhibition.

HORSES & OTHER EQUIDAE:

  • Horses and other Equidae six (6) months of age and older must have a negative Equine Infectious Anemia test within the preceeding twelve (12) months.

SHEEP:

  • All sheep imported into or through Tennessee shall be accompanied by an official health certificate and be in compliance with 0080-2-1-.02, and Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 79.1 through 79.4.
  • All Sheep that move within the state, with the exception of wethers under the age of 18 months that are produced for slaughter only, including for change of ownership, shows, fairs, expostitions or slaughter shall be permanently, individually identified by a method of approved in Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 79.1 through 79.4.

GOATS:

  • Goats imported into or through Tennessee shall be accompanied by an official health certificate and be in compliance with 0080-2-1-.02, and Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 79.1 through 79.4.
  • Goats imported into Tennessee for immediate slaughter to an approved slaughter establishment or to an approved livestock market for sale to a slaughter establishment shall only be required to have a transportation document and be in compliance with Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 79.1 through 79.4.
  • All registered breeding goats, goats that have been commingled with sheep, goats for exhibition and dairy goats that move within the state, including for change of ownership, shows, fairs, expositions or slaughter shall be permanently, individually identified by a method approved in Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 79.1 through 79.4.

III. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY ORIGINATING OUTSIDE THE STATE OF TENNESSEE

Livestock and Poultry entering fairs and exhibitions from areas outside the State of Tennessee shall be subject to current Tennessee import requirements. Please contact the state veterinarian’s office regarding questions or recent changes to these rules. These interstate requirements are summarized as follows.

A. ALL SPECIES (except poultry):

  • Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection valid for thirty (30) days and individual permanent official identification, exceptfor equine. Equine must have sufficient description to identify the animal.

B. CATTLE:

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and additional requirements as follows:
  1. Tuberculosis: No requirements except for cattle originating from regions not considered free of tuberculosis.
  2. Brucellosis: No requirements except for cattle originating from regions not considered free of brucellosis. Test eligible cattle – Intact male or female cattle eighteen (18) months or older. (Vaccinates and non-vaccinates)

C. SWINE:

  •  No testingrequirements for swine unless originating from a region not considered free of Brucellosis and Pseudorabies.

D. HORSES AND OTHER EQUINES:

  • Animals six (6) months of age or older – negative equine infectious anemia (Swamp Fever) test within twelve (12) months.

E. POULTRY

  • Originate directly from a Pullorum-Typhoid Clean Flock, or be accompanied by evidence of negative Pullorum-Typhoid test within ninety (90) days.

F. SHEEP

  • All sheep imported or through Tennessee shall be accompanied by an official health certificate and be in compliance with 0080-2-1-.02, and Title 9 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 79.1 through 79.4.
  • All Sheep that move within the state, including for change of ownership, shows, fairs, expositions or slaughter shall be permanently, individually identified by a method approved in Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 79.1 through 79.4.

G. GOATS:

  • Goats imported into or through Tennessee shall be accompanied by an official health certificate and be in compliance with 0080-2-1-.02, and Title 9, Code of Federal regulations, Part 79.1 through 79.4.
  • Goats imported into Tennessee for immediate slaughter to an approved slaughter establishment tor to an approved livestock market for sale to a slaughter establishment shall only be required to have a transportation document and be in compliance with Title 9. Code of Federal Regulations, Part 79.1 through 79.4.

NOTE: (Contact an accredited veterinarian for further details of import rules.)
IV Fair association or exhibition or management shall inform exhibitors of the rules of this chapter, and shall notify the State Veterinarian or his agent of any violations. Exhibitors shall present evidence of compliance with this chapter to the State Veterinarian or his agent upon request. These rules constitute a minimum legal standardand in no way restrict the right of fair and exhibition managers to establish additional or more stringent requirements.
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2015
All live poultry and hatcing eggs entering TN shall originate from a flock participating in the (NPIP) and be accompaniedby a VS 9-3 Form denoting the classification of Pullorum-Typhoid Clean and Avian Influenza Clean or monitored flock; or, be accompanied by a Certificate of veterinary Inspection and proof of negative testing for PT conducted within ninety (90) days prior to entering the state and AI within 21 days prior to entering the state.

Department of Agriculture – Animal Health Website CLICK HERE.
Tennessee State Veterinarian, Dr. Charles Hatcher CLICK HERE.