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Biosecurity Measures
All health papers and livestock will be checked at gate, before entering fairgrounds.
Must be accompanied by a responsible person. All health papers will be collected (copies acceptable) and held by fair board.
No livestock will be permitted on fairgrounds without health papers!


On-farm biosecurity recommendations
  • Keep new animals isolated from other animals already on the promises for at least 14 days, and care for these isolated animals last, then shower, change clothes, and clean and disinfect boots before moving to other areas of the farm. Check these isolated animals daily for any signs of illness.
  • Treat any animals that have been to a fair or show as if they were new animals. Keep them isolated from the other animals for at least 14 days, care for them last, then shower, change clothes, and clean and disinfect boots before moving to other areas of the farm. Check them daily for any signs of illness.
  • If you have taken horses along to the fair, when you return home, keep them isolated from livestock on the farm for 14 days. Although horses are not susceptible to FMD and many other livestock diseases, they can act as carriers of the diseases and should be kept away from livestock for 14 days for this reason.
  • Do not allow visitors who have traveled from a Foot-and-Mouth-Disease-infected country to enter your property. If they must, have them shower upon arrival, and provide clean clothing and shoes for them. Any items that accompanied them should be cleaned and then disinfected with a cloth dipped in a mild bleach solution (2.5 oz. bleach per gallon of water).
  • Pets that have traveled from a foreign country should be bathed and rinsed in a vinegar solution (50 percent vinegar in water).
  • Do not allow pets to roam freely on your property: They may become carriers of the FMD virus or other diseases and spread disease to susceptible animals.
  • Limit the traffic onto your property, both human and vehicular.
  • Any supplies or equipment that was taken to the fair should be cleaned and disinfected again before it is taken back to the farm.
  • If supplies or pieces of equipment are shared between farms, they should be cleaned and disinfected between farms.
  • Observe your livestock daily for any unusual behavior, especially lameness, decreased appetite, increased salivation, and blisters. Report any suspicious animals immediately to the USDA or PDA, or to your veterinarian. The PA Department of Agriculture has an after-hours answering machine that will alert the veterinarian on call to return an emergency call. PDA (717-783-2200). USDA (717-782-3442).

Biosecurity checklist for livestock exhibitors
  • No visitors from a country that has animals infected with foot-and-mouth disease have visited my farm within the previous 30 days.
  • Veterinary health inspections and health certificates are current for all of the animals I will be taking to the fair.
  • All equipment, such as buckets, pitchforks, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, manure baskets, lead ropes, halters, nose rings, snares, clippers, scissors, brushes, etc., have been cleaned and disinfected before entering the fairgrounds. (A solution of household bleach in water is recommended for disinfection purposes: add 2 gallons of bleach to 3 gallons of water for disinfecting equipment).
  • Any pets that were brought to the fair will not be allowed to run loose, but will be restrained on a leash at all times, and will be washed with a pet shampoo and rinsed with 50 percent vinegar before being allowed outside on farm property after returning home.
  • I have received a list of the recommended biosecurity precautions that I should follow after returning to the farm with the animals that were taken to the fair.
  • Any livestock showing signs of illness, including signs that suggest infection with foot-and-mouth disease, will be reported immediately to the livestock superintendent of the fair.
  • Any questions about disease and biosecurity measures can be directed to the regional veterinarian or animal health inspector, who will be visiting the fairgrounds for daily inspections.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture regional veterinarians will be visiting each fair in Pennsylvania this season on a daily basis. The will be available to answer questions from exhibitors and will be doing general inspections of the animals and animal facilities.

 Designed by Dylan Murray