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Animal Biosecurity—
Livestock Exhibitions


Exhibitor's Checklist
Superintendent's Checklist

Exhibitor's Checklist

  • Contact the fair superintendent to find out what tests your animal must pass before attending the fair. Have your animal's health certificate and test results ready for inspection before checking in.
  • Use your own truck or trailer to haul your animals. If that is not possible, make sure that the equipment used to haul your animals is clean and recently disinfected.
  • Once you are at the fair, be sure your animals have access to clean water and feed in containers you provide.
  • Milk your dairy animals with your own equipment.
  • Avoid sharing grooming equipment and feed and water containers.
  • Disinfect any shared equipment before it is used again at home.
  • Minimize nose-to-nose contact with other animals.
  • Keep your animals as comfortable as you can to help reduce stress.
  • Discourage fair visitors from petting or feeding your animals. Signs can be posted asking visitors not to touch or feed the animals.
  • Practice good personal hygiene. Wash with soap and water after handling your animals and put on clean clothes. Keep your boots and shoes clean. Make sure you don't track barn muck into your house.
  • Isolate all purchased animals and animals returning from a fair for a minimum of two weeks, but preferably for 30 days. Ideally, this would be in a completely separate place to avoid contact or airborne transmission of disease. If this is not possible, it should be a separate pen in a different building or at least a separate corner of the barn. (See Isolation and Quarantine)

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Superintendent's Checklist

  • Conduct a meeting with all exhibitors before the fair to review biosecurity procedures and checklists.
  • Examine all health certificates for veterinary inspection and appropriate tests. A list of species specific animal health requirements is available from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.
  • Ensure that a veterinarian will be on hand to inspect all arriving animals for symptoms of ill health.
  • Ensure that a veterinarian regularly inspects animals and is available to examine livestock that become ill during the exhibition.
  • Make sure equipment from farms has been cleaned and disinfected.
  • Provide clean and properly disinfected animal housing facilities.
  • Provide housing with adequate space and proper ventilation.
  • Provide access to clean water.
  • Provide storage areas for manure and waste bedding away from animal housing and public traffic areas.
  • Lime manure pile daily to prevent ammonia volatilization.
  • Conduct daily walk-through inspection with the fair veterinarian.
  • Keep a log of animals with health issues and report them to the fair veterinarian.
  • Keep a log of unusual interactions between visitors and animals.
  • International travelers should be discouraged from visiting livestock barns. If international travelers are to be given access to livestock barns, they should have already been in US for a minimum of five days and have been cleared by the fair livestock superintendent. (See Foreign Animal Disease Prevention)
  • Conduct daily exhibitor meetings to discuss biosecurity issues and interactions with visitors.
  • hand sanitizer photo by Krista CheneyPhoto: Krista Cheney

  • Provide hand-washing stations convenient to animal exhibition areas. Signs should be present to make these areas obvious, along with a suggestion to wash hands after petting animals. Portable Atomizing Wash Stations are available from Best Sanitizers.
  • Display "Wash your hands before eating" signs.
  • Make sure each exhibitor leaves with a biosecurity checklist.
  • Provide exhibitors with written health requirements in advance of the exhibition.
  • Request that exhibitors not bring unthrifty animals, even if they are part of an organized project.
  • Establish health requirements that meet or exceed all local, state, and national animal exhibition requirements.

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