Cattlemen’s Congress Livestock Health Requirements
Please share this information with the accredited veterinarian issuing paperwork. If you have questions concerning Certificates of Veterinary Inspection or official identification, please contact the State Veterinarian’s Office.
- Certificate of Veterinary Inspection:
An official CVI issued within thirty (30) days prior to the Cattlemen’s Congress must accompany all animals and shall be available at all times to the representatives of the Animal Industry Services of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. ALL LIVESTOCK MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A CERTIFICATE OF VETERINARY INSPECTION (HEALTH CERTIFICATE), WHICH MUST BE CHECKED BEFORE UNLOADING. All CVIs must be validated (stamped) by Entry Gate Officials before animals are given stall or pen space in the barns. All animals must be free of any infectious, communicable, or contagious disease and if such a disease is found, it will be cause for removal of the animal(s) from the exhibition. For questions regarding CVI’s, official identification, or import requirements, please call Animal Industry Services at: 405-522-6141.
Cattlemen’s Congress will have a zero-tolerance policy on animals entering the facility with infectious, communicable, or contagious disease, which includes warts and ringworm.
- Official Identification
All cattle moving interstate for exhibition or show events are required to have official individual identification ear tags present in the ear. To avoid potential problems, all U.S. cattle entering the show grounds will be expected to have a USDA Official ID ear tag present in the ear. This includes Oklahoma originating cattle. Official Identification must be listed on the CVI.
The following forms of identification are considered official:
- RFID 840 or visual 840
- Orange Metal Official, Calfhood Vaccinate (OCV/Bang’s) tag
- Silver Metal USDA tag
- Registered Brand or Ear Tattoo for long eared cattle such as Brahman, Santa Gertrudis, etc. (copy of registration certificate with brand or tattoo listed is required to be displayed at entry)
Cattle without proper identification will not be allowed to enter the barns. It shall be the responsibility of the exhibitor to find a veterinarian to apply official ID if it is not present upon arrival at the entry gate.
Cattlemen’s Congress Requirements:
**ALL cattle coming to Cattlemen’s Congress MUST have a negative BVD-PI test. The sample to submit to the laboratory can be either an ear-notch (for the ELISA or IHC test) or serum (ELISA test). A single test is required in the animal’s lifetime. The test date and results must be recorded on the CVI. Cattle without a negative BVD-PI test will not be allowed to enter the barns. It will be the responsibility of the exhibitor to find a veterinarian to perform the BVD-PI test if it is not performed prior to entry. If you have additional questions about the BVD-PI test, please contact your veterinarian and show them these requirements.
Health Protection Guidelines
- Cattlemen’s Congress is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of livestock on the premises.
- If an animal becomes ill the owner/exhibitor should contact show officials immediately.
- Any expenses incurred by the assistance of an on-site veterinarian shall be the sole responsibility of the owner of the animal.
- Cattlemen’s Congress will not be held liable for deceased animals, the disposal of deceased animals, or animals which are humanely euthanized. In the unfortunate event of an animal perishing while on the fairgrounds or being humanely euthanized by a veterinarian, the owner (exhibitor) of the animal will be responsible for removing the animal from the facilities.
Cattlemen’s Congress Sale Cattle Health Requirements
All cattle entering the grounds for sales must meet all of the exhibition health requirements for entry as listed above in addition to the following requirements.
- Modified Accredited Advanced States (Michigan – Counties of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda) – Negative Test within 60 days for sexually intact animals 18 months of age and older OR Accredited Herd number and date of last herd test.
- Free States – No Test required
All bulls consigning into a sale must have a trich test within 30 days of the sale.
Exceptions are virgin bulls under 12 months of age. These bulls must have a statement on the CVI that the bull is a virgin bull.
Cattle from Brucellosis Free states do not require a test to enter Oklahoma. All cattle assigned from out of state must have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection signed by an accredited veterinarian with USDA approved individual identification, breed, age, and sex of animal.
Any version of BVD testing is allowed and may be done by any lab or veterinarian that offers those services, negative results just must be indicated on the CVI.
For BVD testing, below is a list of labs in close proximity to Oklahoma City that could assist on short notice.
- Oklahoma Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Stillwater, OK 74076 | (800) 891-2917,(405) 744-6623
- Cattle Stats (405) 607-4522 Oklahoma City, OK
- D’s Diagnostic Services (903) 681-5075 Lehigh, OK
- Verden Veterinary Clinic (405) 453-7321 Verden, OK
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