General Requirements

All animals must be examined by the official veterinarian on the day they are admitted to the exhibition and at least once daily during the exhibition. All out-of-state animals must meet Minnesota importation requirements. No animal may enter or be at a public exhibition that is showing clinical signs of any infectious, contagious or communicable disease, including ringworm and warts.

Always check with exhibition management for additional requirements.

For Minnesota State Fair exhibition requirements, call (651) 288-4417 or visit www.mnstatefair.org.

For 4-H exhibition requirements, call (800) 444-4238.

Responsibilities of Official Veterinarian

An official veterinarian must be present at each public exhibition of livestock for which a permit is required. The official veterinarian of an exhibition shall:

  • Approve the cleaning and disinfection of the exhibition prior to the exhibition and during the exhibition if livestock are released and new livestock are brought to the exhibition premises.
  • Inspect all livestock on the day admitted to the exhibition.
  • Refuse admission of livestock showing signs of any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease, or of livestock not meeting the exhibition entrance requirements.
  • Maintain tagging records include: the characters on or contained within the ear tag; characters on or contained within other official ear tags on the animal; species, sex, age, and type of animal; date of application; and name of address of the premises where the animal was identified.

Responsibilities of Exhibition Management

  • Retain the services of an official veterinarian.
  • Comply with all orders of the Board or the official veterinarian pertaining to the sanitation of the premises and the health status of all livestock exhibited.
  • Clean and disinfect all building and exhibit areas for the use of livestock prior to the opening date of the exhibition and during the exhibition if livestock are released and new livestock are brought to the exhibition premises.
  • Maintain the livestock and exhibition areas in a sanitary condition.
  • Ensure that any livestock showing symptoms of infectious, contagious, or communicable disease are removed from the premises or quarantined in a separate facility.
  • Maintain records which include the name and address of each exhibitor along with the species, class, and number of animals the person exhibited.

Cattle

Cattle must be officially identified.

Deer and Elk

Deer and elk must be officially identified.

Sheep and Goats

All sheep and goats must be officially identified. All sheep and goats imported into Minnesota for exhibition must meet import requirements. No sheep or goat that is within 30 days of giving birth (either before or after) may be exhibited unless the exhibition management has received prior approval from the Board and then only if certain requirements are met.

Poultry

"Poultry" means livestock that are turkeys, chickens, waterfowl and game birds raised in captivity, excluding pigeons and doves.

Chickens, turkeys, and game birds, except baby poultry, must be individually identified with a leg or wing band. Chickens, turkeys, game birds, and hatching eggs from these birds must be accompanied by a certificate or test chart to show that they originate from a hatchery or breeding flock that is classified pullorum-typhoid clean or be negative to a pullorum-typhoid test within 90 days prior to the opening date of exhibition.

Turkeys and turkey hatching eggs must be accompanied by a certificate or test chart to show that they originate from a hatchery or breeding flock that is classified Mycoplasma gallisepticum clean and Mycoplasma synoviae clean or be negative to a Mycoplasma gallisepticum test and a Mycoplasma synoviae test within 90 days prior to the opening date of the exhibition.

Swine

Breeding and feeding swine must be officially identified, unless in slaughter classes only.

Horses

Horses, except suckling foals accompanying a negative dam, must be negative to an official equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test conducted within 12 months prior to the opening date of an exhibition.

Dogs

Dogs four months of age or older must be accompanied by a certificate of rabies vaccination documenting that the dog is currently vaccinated for rabies.