MDA Updates Requirements For Animal Exhibitions

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced updated requirements for animal exhibitions intended to reduce the risk of disease in Missouri livestock herds.

Under the guidelines, beef and swine exhibitors must provide a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, of VCI, completed by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days of the show. The CVI should list the shows where the animal will be exhibited during the 30-day time frame. A printed or an electronic version of the CVI is acceptable.

In addition, beef and swine projects must be identified with an official form of identification. USDA provides guidance for the criteria and options for official identification eartags.

There is a list of the official identification options located with this story on

The CVI and animal identification requirements are already in place for sheep and goat exhibitors.

Exhibitors are encouraged to work with their local veterinarian, 4-H leader or FFA advisor, or fair superintendents to ensure these new requirements are met prior to the fair or exhibition.

Fair leadership, 4-H leaders or FFA advisors should contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture Animal Health team with questions at (573) 751-3377 or [email protected].