HEALTH REGULATIONS
EXHIBITION OF LIVESTOCK IN GEORGIA

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Requirements:

All animals being exhibited in any type of livestock show must be individually identified and accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must show proof of the requirements outlined in these regulations for the appropriate species.

The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must be issued within 30 days prior to exhibition with the following exceptions:

For Georgia cattle, swine, goats, and exotic animals exhibiting in Georgia 4H and FFA shows, the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and required tests shall be valid for four months (or less if specified by show management).

For Georgia sheep exhibiting in Georgia 4-H and FFA shows, a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must be issued by a veterinarian and must be updated and signed every 30 days during the show season (up to 4 months) by a veterinarian, county extension agent, or vocations agriculture teacher.
The examiner must sign and record the following statement on the certificate: “To the best of my knowledge, the flock of origin and the animals being exhibited are free from any clinical signs consistent with those of footrot, scabies, contagious ecthyma (soremouth), cutaneous fungal lesions, scrapie or any other infectious or contagious disease.”

Identification requirements are outlined below

Market swine and market cattle will not require a certificate of veterinarian inspection or any testing provided no breeding livestock are on the exhibition premises.

Sexually intact market lambs and market goats will require a certificate of veterinary inspection and official individual identification as outlined in the section below titled “Farm Animal Livestock Requirements.”

Market sheep and market goat wethers are not required to be officially identified for exhibition but are required to have an owner applied eartag to be recorded on the certificate of veterinary inspection. In addition, all market animals must either be consigned directly to slaughter with no animals from the show grounds returning to a farm, or be consigned to another market show with confinement at the original show facility until movement.

If market animals will be returning to a farm or if show management requires such, all animals on the show grounds must have proper certificates of veterinary inspection and must satisfy the appropriate test and identification requirements described below in the section “Farm Animal Livestock Requirements.”

Georgia equine participating in Georgia equine shows will not require a certificate of veterinary inspection. (See complete equine requirements described below.)

Animals affected with or suspected of having an infectious or contagious disease will be removed from the show facility. Failure to remove or to return affected animals to the barn will disqualify all the exhibitor’s entries.

Farm Animal
Livestock Requirements

I. Georgia Cattle (Intrastate Movement)

A. Brucellosis: Georgia cattle moving within the state have no brucellosis test requirements.

B. Trichomoniasis: Georgia bulls moving within the state have no Trichomoniasis test requirements.

C. Tuberculosis:

1. Georgia cattle moving within the state have no tuberculosis test requirements.

2. Out-of-state cattle must satisfy Georgia import requirements for tuberculosis. (Regulations are contingent on state of origin – call 404-656-3667 for current regulations)

II. OUT-OF-STATE CATTLE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A. Brucellosis:

1. No brucellosis test is required from cattle entering Georgia from Brucellosis Free States that have been Free for more than 24 months.

2. Cattle coming from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming must be tested negative for brucellosis within thirty (30) days prior to entry if 18 months of age or older unless the animal(s) originate from a Certified Brucellosis Free Herd. If so, herd number and date of last complete herd test must be recorded on the CVI. Animals coming from these states must have an entry permit from the Department of Agriculture {call 404-656-3667 – Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.}

B. Tuberculosis:

1. No tuberculosis test is required for BEEF animals entering Georgia from Tuberculosis Free States.

2. ALL Dairy cattle require a negative tuberculosis test within sixty (60) days prior to entry if six (6) months of age or older regardless of the status of the state.

3. Beef cattle entering Georgia from California, Michigan, New Mexico, or Minnesota must have a negative tuberculosis test within sixty (60) days prior to entry if six (6) months of age or older.

C. Trichomoniasis – Bulls from ALL states – Beef or Dairy Breeds

1. All virgin and non-virgin bulls 18 months of age and older entering Georgia must be tested negative for Trichomoniasis within thirty (30) days prior to entry. Bulls may be tested by 3 negative official cultures collected at least 7 days apart or one official Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Bulls must not have contact with female cattle between the test and importation into Georgia. Bulls commingled with cows after testing are required to be retested as outlined above. All bulls must be identified with a USDA approved ear tag, registry brand, or registry tattoo. The collect of samples must be conducted by an accredited veterinarian and animals must be identified on an official test chart.

2. The State Veterinarian may exempt certain bulls from Trichomoniasis test requirements when it is determined that such animals do not pose a risk for introduction of Trichomoniasis into Georgia.

3. The following bulls are exempt from Trichomoniasis testing prior to entering Georgia:

(a) Exhibition and rodeo bulls that are temporarily in the state for an event with no commingling of female cattle and will be leaving immediately after the event.

(b) Bulls going directly to slaughter or being sold to go directly to slaughter.

(c) Bulls being transported through Georgia in interstate commerce and not off-loaded and commingled with female cattle.

(d) Virgin bulls under 18 months of age, as determined by breed registry records or the absence of permanent central incisor teeth in ware, which must be accompanied by a breeder’s certificate signed by the owner, owner’s representative, or an accredited veterinarian. The breeder’s certificate must include the animal’s age, official identification, and a statement that the bull(s) has not commingled with female cattle.

SWINE

(1) Georgia swine:

1. All breeding swine four months of age and older must have a negative brucellosis and a negative pseudorabies test within 30 days prior to exhibition except swine originating from a validated brucellosis free herd and a qualified pseudorabies free herd. Validation and qualification numbers and the date of the most recent herd test must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

(2) Market Swine:

a. Gilts must have a negative brucellosis and a negative pseudorabies test within 30 days prior to exhibition unless originating from a validated brucellosis free herd and a qualified pseudorabies free herd. Validation and qualification numbers and the date of the most recent herd test must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

b. Barrows must have a negative pseudorabies test within 30 days prior to exhibition unless originating from a qualified pseudorabies free herd. Qualification number and the date of the most recent herd test must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

c. Slaughter swine may be exempt from the certificate of veterinary inspection and the test requirements if they qualify under the “Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Exceptions” section described above.

(3) Out-of-state swine:
a. Out-of-state swine must enter on a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within 30 days of entry with the entry permit number and individual identification recorded. Test requirements for breeding swine and market swine are the same as “Georgia Swine” requirements above.

b. Any exhibition of out-of state swine must have an entry permit number from the Department of Agriculture. Call 404-656-3667 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SHEEP

A. Georgia and out-of-state sheep must enter on a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within 30 days of the exhibition. All sheep, except wethers, must be identified with a USDA scrapie eartag or other USDA approved individual animal identification. Wethers are required to be individually identified with an official scrapie eartag or an unofficial farm eartag. This information must be recorded on the certificate of veterinary inspection. The following statement must be recorded on the certificate of veterinary inspection for all sheep including wethers: “To the best of my knowledge, the flock of origin and the animals being exhibited are free from any clinical signs consistent with those of footrot, scabies, contagious ecthyma (soremouth), cutaneous fungal lesions, scrapie or any other infectious or contagious disease.”

B. For Georgia 4-H and FFA sheep, see VETERINARY INSPECTION CERTIFICATE requirements above.

C. Sheep may be inspected at the show facility for infectious and contagious diseases and those suspected of having disease will be removed from the show facility.

GOATS

A. Georgia and out-of-state goats must enter on a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within 30 days of the exhibition. All goats, except wethers, must be identified with a USDA scrapie eartag or other USDA approved individual animal identification including breed registry tattoo. Wethers are required to be individually identified with an official scrapie eartag or an unofficial farm eartag. This information must be recorded on the certificate of veterinary inspection. The following statement must be recorded on the certificate of veterinary inspection for all goats including wethers: “To the best of my knowledge, the flock of origin and the animals being exhibited are free from any clinical signs consistent with those of footrot, scabies, contagious ecthyma (soremouth), cutaneous fungal lesions, scrapie or any other infectious or contagious disease.”

B. For Georgia 4-H and FFA goats, see VETERINARY INSPECTION CERTIFICATE requirements above.

C. Goats may be inspected at the show facility for infectious and contagious diseases and those suspected of having disease will be removed from the show facility.

EXOTIC ANIMALS AND NON-TRADITIONAL LIVESTOCK

A. All exotic animals and all non-traditional livestock entering Georgia must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection identifying each animal with unique permanent individual identification.

B. All llamas, alpacas and camels entering Georgia must be identified by a USDA approved metal ear tag, unique and individual tattoo, notarized photograph, or an electronic identification device (microchip).

If electronic identification is used, the consignee is responsible for providing the appropriate reading device for verification. Castrated males are exempt from the individual identification requirements.

C. All antelope entering Georgia must be identified by a USDA approved metal ear tag and an entry permit number must be obtained by contacting the Animal Health Section in Atlanta, Georgia at (404) 656-3667. All antelope six (6) months of age and older must test negative to an official brucellosis test within thirty (30) days prior to entry and test negative to a single cervical tuberculosis test within ninety (90) days prior to entry.

D. All other cloven hoofed bovidae including bison, water buffalo, and exotic cattle breeds must meet the same interstate movement health requirements as domestic cattle to enter Georgia.

CERVIDAE (DEER, ELK, MOOSE, CARIBOU, AND REINDEER)

Georgia no longer allows the importation of Cervidae into the state.

EQUINE REQUIREMENTS:

A. Equine exhibited must have a negative equine infectious anemia (EIA) test within the past 12 months. The original EIA test form, a legible photocopy of that form, or a color digital test form must accompany the animal. Nursing foals less than 5 months of age traveling with their dam which has a current negative test for EIA will be exempt from the test requirement. Nursing foals are the only exception to the EIA test requirements. AGID & ELISA test accepted.

B. Georgia equine do not require a certificate of veterinary inspection.

C. Out-of-state equine must enter on a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within 30 days of entry and must meet Georgia import requirements for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must list the EIA test results, testing lab name and address and accession number. (No entry permit is required on equine).

D. Accepted forms of the EIA are the original EIA chart (yellow) or a legible photocopy of that form or a digital EIA test form that must be in color (this form has actual pictures of the horse). Black and white digital EIA forms are not acceptable.

For complete and current livestock health regulations, call 404-656-3667.

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