|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
- 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.