License Minnesota

Animal Exhibition Permit

Minnesota rules require that exhibitions where cattle, swine, sheep, goats, horses, or poultry are shown employ an official veterinarian.

Agency contact information:

Animal Health, Minnesota Board of
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-2942 | (800) 627-3529 (TTY)
(651) 296-7417(fax)
Animal Exhibition Permit
(651) 201-6814


Animal Health, Minnesota Board of


The Minnesota Board of Animal Health's responsibilities include protecting the health of domestic animals of the state, regulating and inspecting many aspects of the livestock and poultry industries. Licensing of cat and dog kennels and kennel .


Minn. Stats. 35.03




Contact the Minnesota Board of Animal Health at (651) 201-6814.


Always check with exhibition management to make sure they have not imposed any restrictions or additional requirements.

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

General Requirements

Livestock and poultry that exhibit symptoms of any infectious or communicable disease, including ringworm and warts, may not be exhibited. 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 animals imported into Minnesota for exhibition must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection and satisfy Board of Animal Health importation requirements.

Official Identification
Please note that the following types of identification are not considered official on certificates of veterinary inspection or test records required for exhibition:

  1. 4-H tags
  2. Producer tags without a state or USDA assigned premises number and individual animal number preceded by state abbreviation 
  3. Tattoos not registered with either a breed association or a state agency

For questions about approved official identification, contact the Minnesota Board of Animal Health at (651) 296-2942.

NOTE: Cattle, Swine & Poultry slaughter classes

All cattle, swine and poultry entered in this class, which are kept isolated in a separate building from all other livestock and poultry at the exhibition and which are slaughtered during or immediately following the exhibition, do not require tests or individual identification.

See Exhibition Rules and news release Official identification required for livestock at exhibitions.


No fee.

Period of Issuance:

One time permit for length of exhibition.

Length of Determination Process:


Other Pertinent Information:

See Minn. Rules 1721.0100 - Responsibilities of Official Veterinarian.