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Exhibition Animals and Their Health – What You Need to Know Before the Show!

Exhibition Animals and Their Health – What You Need to Know Before the Show!

Animal Health Fact SheetFall is a busy time of the year, especially for those of us preparing to exhibit animals, so time management becomes very important when trying to meet entry deadlines! Whether we are working with horses, cattle, rabbits, goats, sheep, swine or poultry, there is a lot of information that we need to know about our animals that will help us to manage our time wisely and ensure that we have our paperwork done right, the first time. Do you know what an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) is? (For those of you interested in obtaining an OCVI, you may attend a free clinic on September 26, 2015, sponsored by the Jackson County Cattleman’s Association, that is open to you in Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Walton, and Washington Counties in Florida, Geneva and Houston Counties in Alabama, and Miller and Seminole Counties in Georgia. Visit the Jackson County 4-H webpage at http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/jacksonco/2013-panhandle-youth-expo/ for information regarding this clinic.)

Did you know that you cannot transport your horse ANYWHERE without proof of a Negative Coggins? Does your goat have an official tag from the USDA proving they are free from Scrapie? Does your steer or heifer have an official identification number? These are just a few examples of the important information that you need to know and have available, when submitting entry forms, traveling with your animals, or arriving at an event.  Read more….

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