Md. Dept. of Agriculture Announces Animal Health Requirements for 2016 Fair & Show Season
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Agriculture has announced that its health requirements for the 2016 fair and show season prohibit all poultry exhibitions prior to May 15. After that date, poultry-egg shows will be permitted for one-day only. All poultry – both in state and out of state – must be tested for avian flu within 10 days prior to entry or originate from a clean or monitored flock. Waterfowl, wildbird displays, poultry petting zoos, and private sales of poultry are also prohibited. In addition, a new Maryland Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Form will replace both Interstate and Intrastate forms in Maryland.
These new requirements are designed to safeguard Maryland’s animal industries and prevent the introduction and spread of infectious and/or contagious diseases. The continuing threat of High Path Avian Influenza (HPAI) has made poultry restrictions a point of emphasis in this year’s requirements.
“I strongly support Maryland’s fairs and shows because they showcase the best in Maryland Agriculture,” said Dr. Michael Radebaugh, State Veterinarian. “However, these are extraordinary times, and until the threat of avian influenza has passed, the new requirements for poultry exhibits will remain in effect.”
For details, please see the 2016 Maryland Animal Health Fair and Show Requirements. More information is available on the Department’s Fairs and Shows website.
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