What to Know Before You Show
Fall is a busy time of the year for most families, but especially those who are involved in livestock projects. One of the most important components of preparing to exhibit animals is having proper health certification. Knowing what you need and how to get it can save you time and stress right before a show.
Do you know what an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) is? 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? Trying to get through the maze of forms and paperwork can be overwhelming and time consuming. Unfortunately, many of us find out too late that we need something and we don’t know where to get it.
Most animals will need some short of health information when submitting entry forms, traveling with animals, or arriving at an event. Your local veterinarian will be of great help to you as well and will help you obtain your (OCVI). Many questions can be answered by the Division of Animal Industry. The Division of Animal Industry is responsible for enforcing animal health regulations in Florida and protecting the state from animal pests and diseases, which could have major economic and public health consequences.
Here are some links that may help you prepare for your livestock show:
- Florida Animal Health Care Regulations
- List of Approved Tagging Sites
- UF IFAS Factsheets for Raising and Showing Livestock
- UF IFAS Best Practices for Livestock Shows
- Scrapie Information for Goats
- National Poultry Improvement Plan