All livestock, including horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, and hogs, originating from within South Dakota and those from other states imported for exhibition must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI). Copies of CVI’s must be presented by the consignors of livestock to the management of the exhibition before the assignment of quarters or space to the livestock.
All out-of-state animals must meet South Dakota importation requirements. No animals showing clinical signs of any infectious, contagious or communicable disease may enter or be at a public exhibition.
Always check with exhibition management for additional requirements.
The SD Animal Industry Board (SD AIB) encourages careful consideration for Biosecurity and the potential for transmission of Zoonotic Diseases at events.
Zoonotic diseases (ie zoonoses) are diseases transmitted between animals and humans. The SD AIB recognizes that contact with animals at fairs, petting zoos, schools, and other exhibitions, provides opportunities for entertainment and education. Understanding how zoonotic germs can be transmitted will aid in developing mitigation strategies to ensure that both spectators and participants have a positive and enjoyable experience. The following links provide resources with more information about zoonoses, biosecurity, and prevention strategies.
• IGrowSDSU Extension
• Biosecurity toolkit for equine events
• The Center for Food Security & Public Health
• A Champions Guide to Youth Swine Exhibition: Biosecurity & Your Pig Project
• NASPHV: Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2013
General Animal Health Requirements Checklist:
Health Certificate – Issued by an Accredited Veterinarian within the 30 days prior to the event
Official Identification – listed on the health certificate
Testing – participants will need to work with their veterinarian to fulfill any testing requirements
Import Permit – animals originating from states other than South Dakota
Dogs and cats are exempt from the health certificate requirement, provided that:
1. They do not originate from a rabies quarantined premises
2. If they originate from a state other than SD they must be with their owners and stay in SD no longer than 30 days
3. They MUST have a current rabies vaccination
4. They Must be free from any signs of communicable, infectious, contagious diseases.
Everyone wins when animal health regulations are followed, a sound biosecurity plan is implemented, and all participants go home and remain healthy.