Animal Health Requirements
for bringing animals to the Afton Fair and all NY State Fairs

Animal Health Requirements for Admission to New York State and County Fairs

Part 351 of NYS Agriculture and Markets Regulations

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Animal Industry
10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12235

In order to bring any animal into the Afton Fair, or any agricultural fair in New York State, you need to make sure that you understand all Animal Health Requirements related to bringing an animal onto the fairgrounds. Please completely review the information on this page related to general health requirements, the page with species specific Animal Health Requirements and in the Rules & Regulations section. Links to the Rules & Regulations for the Afton Fair and New York State, and for bringing animals in from other states are available below.

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  • No person shall bring or have present an animal on the fairgrounds during a fair which is not qualified under NYS regulations.
  • No person shall present an interstate or intrastate certificate of veterinary inspection that has been altered by anyone other than the issuing veterinarian.
  • Animals demonstrating clinical signs or other evidence of infectious, contagious or communicable diseases shall not be allowed on the fairgrounds during a fair.
  • Representatives of the Commissioner may deny admission to or require removal from the fair premises, or require the segregation of any animal showing signs of or exposed to any infectious, contagious or communicable disease.
    • Note: The fair board of directors has the authority to reject unworthy or unsightly exhibits for reasons other than infectious, contagious or communicable disease (Part 350.10). The state veterinarian or animal health inspector will bring questionable exhibits to the attention of the fair board.
  • All animals presented that originate from a location other than New York shall meet all New York State importation regulations appropriate to the species in addition to the fair animal health requirements.
  • Cattle, sheep, goats, swine, llamas, alpacas, deer, and misc. ruminants require a valid CVI to enter the fairgrounds.
  • The CVI must be issued by a Category 2 accredited veterinarian.
  • All animals must be officially identified. ALL MANMADE ID MUST BE RECORDED. Refer to Animal Identification section below for more information.
  • Only one species is allowed per certificate.
  • The type and duration of certificate required depends on the origin of the livestock.

New York Origin Livestock

  • A valid intrastate CVI (AI 61) is required.
  • Each animal must be individually identified on the CVI.
  • The CVI must be issued on or after May 1 of the current year.

Out of State Origin Livestock

  • All animals entering New York State must satisfy import health and test requirements for that species and be accompanied by a valid interstate CVI.
  • The interstate CVI is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance. During the fair season (July 1 through Labor Day) valid CVI’s can be used multiple times for entrance into fairs. The initial entrance into a fair must be within 30 days of issuance. In order for the CVI to be used for a later fair, it must be dated and initialed by a state official noting the location of the initial fair. A change in health status or eligibility of an animal necessitates the generation of a new CVI.
  • Questions regarding import requirements should be directed to the Division of Animal Industry at 518-457-3971 or at the division's import/export homepage:
  • Cattle, sheep, goats, swine, and deer/elk must be identified by USDA approved official identification.
    • Cattle and deer/elk must be identified by official ear tag.
    • Sheep and goats must be identified by official scrapie identification (see sheep and goat sections below).
    • Swine must be identified by official eartag. The only exception is nursing piglets. Nursing piglets do not have to be individually identified if the sow is correctly identified on the CVI and the number of piglets in the litter in noted on the CVI.
  • Llamas and alpacas must be identified by official ear tag or microchip.
  • Misc. ruminants must be identified by unique ear tag or microchip.
  • A complete written description is sufficient identification for horses entering New York accompanied by a CVI. The description must match the EIA test record. Horse sketches and descriptions should reference color pattern, hair whorls, chestunts, scars and other markings as necessary to uniquiely indentify the horse. Tattoos and microchips if any should be included. "Bay, no markings" is not an acceptable description for a CVI or EIA test record.
  • NOTE: If you are exhibiting animals identified by microchip a working reader must be supplied by the exhibitor.
  • For questions on animal identification please contact your veterinarian or our office at 518-457-3502.
  • Rabies vaccination is required for all species for which there is a USDA licensed vaccine available (cattle, horses, sheep, dog, cat, ferret) and that are 4 months of age or older on the date of admission to the fair.
  • Vaccine must have been administered within the past 12 months. The exception is Imrab LA vaccine used in sheep which protects for 3 years after the second annual vaccination (consult your veterinarian).
  • The rabies vaccination requirement must be met on the day of admission even if the animal was previously admitted to a fair when too young to vaccinate.
  • Note: Individual fairs can require animals for which there is no approved rabies vaccine to be currently vaccinated for rabies. The requirements outlined above would apply. The fair is responsible for notifying exhibitors. The New York State Fair requires rabies vaccination for all livestock species entering the grounds.

Acceptable Proof of Rabies Vaccination

  • Acceptable proof of rabies vaccination must include a signed written statement from the veterinarian administering the vaccine or a valid certificate of veterinary inspection that has the vaccination listed and is signed by the Category 2 accredited veterinarian.
  • Acceptable proof of rabies vaccination must include the name of the product used, the date of administration and the duration of immunity if longer than one year.
  • If the statement of rabies vaccination is included on an EIA test record, it must be signed separately in addition to the required EIA test record signature.
  • NOTE: Rabies titers are not acceptable proof of rabies protection and cannot be used to meet entry requirements.
  • Acceptable proof of vaccination for dogs is a valid vaccination certificate or a copy of the dog license that contains the rabies vaccination information.
  • All cattle, llamas and alpacas exhibited at NY county fairs or the State Fair must be negative to an approved test appropriate to detect Bovine Viral Diarrhea persistent infection (BVD-PI). The testing veterinarian is responsible to make sure the proper test is conducted. This is a once in a lifetime test that must be reported on the required certificate of veterinary inspection. The issuing veterinarian is responsible for verifying the validity of the test, the identification of the animal and recording the test date on the CVI. If a previous test is not verifiable the test must be repeated.
  • All buildings on the fairgrounds housing animals must be cleaned and disinfected prior to the opening of the fair and between groups of animals when housing is rotated (Section 50.2 of Agriculture and Market regulations).
  • Occasionally animal deaths occur at a fair. If a death occurs it must be reported to the state veterinarian in charge as soon as possible for review. The animal must be promptly removed from the public exhibit area to a secure location and held for the veterinarian prior to disposal.
  • Due to the concern about the spread of scrapie, any cattle, sheep or goats that are exhibited at a county fair that have recently given birth or have a vaginal discharge, will be ordered removed along with their offspring, unless the animals are part of a birthing demonstration.
  • Due to the potential spread of malignant catarrhal fever from sheep to cattle, it is recommended that cattle be kept separate from sheep.
  • Due to the potential spread of influenza viruses it is recommended that swine and poultry be housed in separate locations.
  • The owner or custodian shall keep show animals biologically separate from the herd or flock for a period of at least two weeks after returning to the premises of origin. If any illness is noted in the exhibition animals the owner should contact their veterinarian immediately.

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