September 6th – 11th, 2016
  1. No more than two entries per exhibitor in each of the single classes and no more than one entry per exhibitor in each of the group classes.
  2. No entries will be accepted after sufficient entries to fill all stalls and pens have been received.
  3. All exhibitors must give total head of livestock when making entries.
  4. The Department Superintendents reserve the right to take measures prior to assigning entries to pens or stalls during the fair that may be deemed necessary to protect the health of livestock shown at the fair.
  5. Registration papers must be available upon request.
  6. No bedding will be provided.
  7. Livestock entries for herds bred under one general management cannot be shown by two owners, nor can two different breeders combine their stock for one exhibit.
  8. Any animal entered for exhibition in one class cannot compete for a premium in any other way except as on of a pair or herd.
  9. No person other than the officers of the Society, judges, exhibitors of the stock and invited guests will be permitted to enter the ring where stock is being exhibited, and these will have places assigned them by the Department Superintendents.
  10. The standard authority in all cases of pedigrees of livestock shall be the recognized “record” of such class or breed. All animals must be registered when shown for pure blood if they are of the proper age for registration.
  11. The Belmont County Agricultural Society’s Board of Directors reserves the right to test for drugs or disqualify any and all animals at their discretion at the 2016 Belmont County Fair.
  12. All stalls are to be cleaned by the exhibitor following the removal of the animals.
  13. Any violation of these regulations will forfeit premiums.
  14. Entry fees are as follows: $5.00 per class for all beef and dairy cattle and $2.50 per class for all goats except for championship classes.
  15. Five (5) Single Day Passes will be issued to each livestock exhibitor who exhibits 5 or more head.
  16. All Inspection and Health Requirements of Livestock Exhibited in Ohio apply.

Inspection and Health Requirements of Livestock Exhibited in Ohio

NOTE: A revised list of inspection and health requirements for 2016 is available from the fair secretary upon request.

901:I-18-01 Chapter’s Application
  1. Animals listed in this chapter when moved or imported into Ohio for exhibition purposes only shall comply with the requirements of this chapter and when in compliance with the provisions of this chapter shall, with the exception of rules governing movement and importation of quarantined animal, be exempt from any other rules governing movement within or importation into Ohio.
  2. Animals moved within or imported into Ohio for any purpose in addition to exhibition shall meet all movement and import requirements of Chapter 901:1-17 of the Administrative Code.
901:1-18-02 Definitions

As used in this chapter:

  1. “Exhibition” means any public show of animals which is sponsored by or under the control of an Ohio county or independent agricultural society organized under chapter 1711 of the Revised Code; or the Ohio State Fair; or which is assembled for a period which exceeds thirty-six hours or contains animals of origins other than Ohio.
  2. “Certificate of Veterinary Inspection” means a form from the state of origin which has been issued and completed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian attesting to the health status and identification of an animal listed thereon.
  3. “Approved Veterinarian” means any licensed and accredited veterinarian approved by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, or an employee of the Ohio Department of Agriculture or the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services.
  4. “Licensed and Accredited Veterinarian” means a person who is licensed by the state of Ohio to practice veterinary medicine and who is certified by the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, to be an accredited veterinarian.
  5. “Residue” means poisonous or deleterious pesticide governed by 40 C.F.R. 180, any poisonous or deleterious substance governed by 21 C.F.R. 109.6 or any other substance governed by 21 C.F.R.556.
  6. “Contagious or infectious disease” means any disease, including any foreign animal disease, or vector, capable of transmission by any means from a carrier animal to a human or to another animal and includes dangerously contagious or infectious diseases.
  7. “Tuberculosis accredited free herd” is on that has passed at least two consecutive annual negative official tests for tuberculosis in accordance with the “Uniform Methods and Rules – Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication”, and has no other evidence of bovine tuberculosis.
901:1-18-03 Exhibitions: Sanitation, Inspection and Records
  1. Each entity sponsoring an exhibition shall have in attendance an approved veterinarian for the duration of the exhibit.
  2. Each entity sponsoring an exhibition shall:
    1. Immediately, prior to an exhibition and under the direction of the approved veterinarian, thoroughly clean and disinfect each building, pen, stall, ring or other enclosure in which animals are to be quartered for exhibition;
    2. Have the approved veterinarian:
      1. Examine the certificate of veterinary inspection when required for an animal brought to the exhibition;
      2. Inspect within a reasonable time of arrival each animal brought to the exhibit for symptoms of any infections or contagious diseases;
      3. Daily inspect each animal present at the exhibition for symptoms of infectious or contagious disease.
      4. Maintain a record for one year from the date of the exhibition of each animal present at the exhibit. The record shall contain the name and address of the owner of each animal and the species and breed of the animal.
      5. May order the immediate removal of any animal which in the opinion of the approved veterinarian places other animals at unacceptable risk of disease.
  3. An exemption from the requirements of paragraph b1 of this rule may be requested from the department and will be granted when, in the judgement of the department, cleaning and disinfection will serve no purpose. By way of example only, cleaning and disinfection will generally serve no purpose in a newly constructed building that has never been occupied.
901:1-18-04 Exhibitors
  1. No person shall present for exhibition or exhibit an animal which he knows or has reason to suspect is affected with or has been exposed to a dangerously contagious or infectious disease or residue.
  2. The owner or bailee of an animal with symptoms of an infectious or contagious disease shall, when directed by an exhibition official, the approved veterinarian, or an employee of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, immediately remove the animal from the exhibition premises.
  3. Upon request, each person who presents for exhibition or exhibits an animal, shall make available any certificate of veterinary inspection, registration certificates, vaccination certificate, and other documents to exhibition officials, the approved veterinarian or an employee of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
  4. each person who presents for exhibition or exhibits an animal for which a certificate of veterinary inspection is required by rules 901: 1-18-01 to 901: 1-18-11 of the Administrative Code shall forward a copy of the certificate of veterinary inspection to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Industry.
901:1-18-05 Poultry and Fowl
  1. All turkeys, chickens and game birds moved within or imported into Ohio for exhibition must:
    1. Originate directly from a flock or hatchery which is a participant in the national poultry improvement plan for the eradication of disease and be accompanied by documentary evidence that they meet the requirements of this paragraph; or
    2. Originate directly from a flock which has had a negative test for pollorum/fowl typhoid disease within twelve month preceding the opening date of exhibition and be accompanied by documentary evidence that they meet the requirement of this paragraph; or
    3. Have had a negative test for pullorum/fowl typhoid disease, within ninety days, preceding the opening date of the exhibition and be accompanied by documentary evidence that they meet the requirement of this paragraph; or
    4. Be tested for pullorum/fowl typhoid disease upon arrival at the exhibition by a tester approved by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and found negative.
  2. The rapid whole blood test shall not be used to test turkeys for compliance with the requirements of paragraphs a2, a3 and a4 of this rule.
  3. Waterfowl, doves and pigeons are exempt from this rule.
901:1-18-06 Cattle
  1. Cattle moved within Ohio for exhibition:
    1. The animals presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease.
  2. All cattle imported into Ohio for exhibition must:
    1. Be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the opening date of the exhibition;
    2. Originate from a tuberculosis-accredited free herd, an accredited free state or zone, or a modified accredited advanced state or zone;
    3. If originate from a modified accredited state or zone must comply with Rule 901:1-17-03 of the Administrative Code;
    4. If originate from an accreditation preparatory or a non-accredited state or zone are prohibited from exhibition;
    5. If from a brucellosis class A state or area/zone must be negative to an official brucellosis test within thirty days of the opening date of the exhibition unless: they are under six months of age, steers, or official vaccinates under twenty months of age (dairy) or twenty-four months of age (beef); and
    6. If from a brucellosis class B or C state or area/zone must meet all requirements for pre-entry testing as specified in 9 C.F. 78.9 and obtain an Ohio permit prior to movement.
  3. Cattle from a brucellosis certified free herd or class free state or area/zone are not required to be brucellosis tested.
901:1-18-07 Goats
  1. Goats moved within Ohio for exhibition:
    1. The animal presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease.
  2. Goats imported into Ohio for exhibition:
    1. Must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the opening date of the exhibition;
    2. The animal presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease; and
    3. The owner and the veterinarian must attest to the following statement written on the certificate of veterinary inspection, “the goats in this shipment are not known to be under any movement restrictions because of scrapie.”
    4. Originate from a tuberculosis accredited free herd as defined in rule 901-18-02 (G) of the Administrative Code for bovine tuberculosis eradication; or
    5. Originate from a bovine accredited free state or zone, or a bovine modified accredited advanced state or zone; or
    6. Originate from a bovine modified accredited state or zone must comply with Rule 901: 1-17-06 of the Administrative Code.
  3. If originate from a bovine accreditation preparatory or a bovine non-accredited state or zone are prohibited from exhibition.

See additional information at end.

901:1-18-08 Horses, Mules and Ponies
  1. Horses, mules and poniesmovedwithing Ohio for exhibition:
    1. If not under quarantine and if they are free of any signs of a contagious or infectious disease; and
    2. If the animal is twelve months of age or older, the exhibition manager may require that the animal has been tested and classed negative to an official test for equine infectious anemia within twelve months of the opening date of the exhibition.
  2. Horses, mules and ponies imported into Ohio for exhibition:
    1. Shall be accompanied by an official certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days of the opening date of the exhibition or obtain a permit for extended time granted by the chief of the division of animal industry authorized in paragraph (C) of rule 901: 1-17-01 of the Administrative Code; and
    2. If the is twelve months of age or older, it shall be accompanied by evidence the animal was negative to an official test for equine infectious anemia within twelve months of the opening date of the exhibition; and
    3. Upon request by an authorized representative of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the person responsible for each animal must make available a chronological list of dates, places and events attended by this animal within thirty days prior to entry into Ohio.
901:1-18-09 Sheep
  1. Sheep moved within Ohio for exhibition:
    1. The animal presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease.
  2. Sheep imported into Ohio for exhibition:
    1. Must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the opening date of the exhibition; and
    2. The animal presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease; and
    3. The owner and the veterinarian must attest to the following statement written on the certificate of veterinary inspection “the sheep in this shipment are not known to be under any restrictions because of scrapie.”

See additional information at end.

901:1-18-10 Swine
  1. Swine moved within Ohio for exhibition:
    1. At a terminal show must: We are a partial terminal show.
      1. Show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease; and
      2. Originate from a county which sixty days prior to the exhibition opening date had no pseudorabies quarantined herds; and
      3. Have no breeding swine present and all swine removed are delivered for immediate slaughter or to a licensed livestock facility.
      4. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these rules, the manager or sponsor of the exhibition may, prior to permitting the exhibition of any porcine animal at a terminal show require proof, for example a VS form 4-33, animal disease diagnostic laboratory submission form, or a certificate of veterinary inspection, the animal has been tested and classed “negative” to an official test for pseudorabies within forty-five days immediately preceding the opening date of the exhibition.
    2. At all other shows,must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within forty-five days preceding the exhibition opening date;andmust be negative toan officialpseudorabies test within forth-five days of the opening date unless:
      1. They originate immediately and directly from a pseudorabies qualified herd; or
      2. Are suckling pigs accompanying a negative dam; or
      3. They originate fromapseudorabiesvaccinatedherd and meet the following condition:
        1. The herd has had a negative monitored test withing twelve months, and
        2. The swine presented for show are negative to a pseudorabies differential test; or
    3. Will be exempt from the requirement of a certificate of veterinary inspection if they originate immediately and directly from a stage V area and show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease.
    4. Are exempted by a written permit issued by the department.
  2. Swine imported into Ohio for exhibition:
    1. Must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the exhibition opening date; and
    2. Be negative toan officialpseudorabies test within thirty days of the exhibition opening date unless:
      1. They originate immediately and directly from a stage V area or from an area or county recognized by the United State Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services as pseudorabies free; or
      2. They originate immediately and directly from a pseudorabies qualified herd and have not been previously exhibited this show season; or
      3. Are exempted by a written permit issued by the department.
  3. Swine moved within or imported into Ohio forracingshall:
    1. Be separated at all times from any other swine on the exhibition grounds by the greatest distance reasonably possible; and
    2. Be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the opening date of the exhibition; and
    3. Be negative toan officialpseudorabies test within thirty days of the exhibition opening date unless:
      1. They originate immediately and directly from a stage V area or from an area or country recognized by United State Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services as pseudorabies free; or
      2. They originate immediately and directly from a pseudorabies qualified herd and have not been previously exhibited this show season;
      3. Are exempt by written permit issued by the department.
    4. Are exempt from the immediate slaughter requiremtn of paragraph (A) (c) of this rule.
901:1-18-11 Llama
  1. Llama moved within Ohio for exhibition when presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease.
  2. Llama import into Ohio for exhibition:
    1. Must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the exhibition opening date.
    2. When presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of contagious disease.

Chapter 901-19 of the Administrative Code (Ohio’s Livestock Tampering Exhibition Rules) will be made available to a livestock exhibitor or adult advisor upon request.

Sheep and Goat Exhibition Requirements

From The Ohio Department of Agriculture
2-21-02

In order for Ohio to maintain Consistent State Status, Ohio sheep and goat exhibitions will be considered Interstate Commerce.

  1. Requirements for bringing sheep and goats into Ohio for exhibition, sale or breeding:
    1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued withing 30 days of the opening date of the exhibition.
    2. CVI must be signed by the owner and the veterinarian attesting to the following statement: “the sheep/goats in this shipment are not know to be under any movement restrictions because of scrapie.”
    3. Show no evidence of infectious or contagious disease.
    4. All sheep and goats must be identified with official USDA identification (USDA approved sheep tags, USDA approved tattoos, or identification in the Scrapie Flock Certification Program).
    5. If the animal was born after January 1, 2002, it must have official USDA sheep/goat identification and be identified to the flock of birth.
  2. Identification requirements for sexually intact sheep and goats moving within Ohio for exhibition including sales:
    1. Official USDA sheep/goat identification in the form of an approved tag or tattoo.
    2. If the animal was born after January 1, 2002, it must have official USDA sheep/goat identification and be identified to the flock of birth by an eartag or tattoo placed by the owner of the flock of birth, or a tag or tattoo placed by the purchaser.
    3. The identification requirements for flocks enrolled in the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program qualify as official USDA identification for exhibition and interstate movement; no other special identification is needed.
    4. Ohio sheep and goat wethers that are less than 18 months of age exhibited in Ohio do not require USDA identification.
  3. “Exhibition” means any public show of animals which is sponsored by or under the control of an Ohio county or independent agricultural society OR the Ohio State Fair OR which is assembled for a period which exceeds 36 hours OR contains animals of origins other than Ohio – Includes show lamb and goat sales, consignment sales of livestock and jackpot shows.
  4. Responsibilities of an exhibition sponsor (includes show lamb and goat sales, consignment sales of livestock and jackpot shows):
    1. Must have an approved veterinarian
    2. Buildings, pens, stalls, rings and other enclosures in which animals are to be quartered for exhibition must be cleaned and disinfected prior to the exhibition under the direction of the approved veterinarian.
    3. The approvedveterinarianis required to:
      1. Examine CVI when required; and
      2. Inspect livestock for infectious or contagious diseases within a resonable time of arrival; and
      3. Inspect livestock daily.
    4. May order the immediate removal of any animal which, in the opinion of the approved veterinarian, places other animals at unacceptable risk of disease.
    5. Maintain a record for one year from the date of the exhibition of each animal present at the exhibit. Sheep and goat sale records must be kept for 5 years. (See F below)
  5. For livestock purchased at an exhibition and moved out of state, an accredited veterinarian must issue a certificate of veterinary inspection before the animal moves across the state line.
  6. The Code of Federal Regulations requires that sheep and goat sale records be kept for 5 years by the seller, the buyer and the exhibition/sale sponsor. The records must contain the following information:
    1. Name and address of the seller, telephone number if available; and
    2. Name and address of the buyer, telephone number if available; and
    3. Official identification when required as indicated in Part A and B of these requirements; and
    4. Date of sale.
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