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Maryland Department of Agriculture Announces Animal Health Requirements for 2017 Fair & Show Season

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Agriculture today announced animal health requirements for the 2017 fair and show season. Under the new regulations, all cattle and swine entering Maryland fairs and shows will be required to have a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. The new requirements also extend the previous Avian Influenza testing interval from 10 days to 21 days. Also, private sale of poultry will be allowed this year with a record of sale maintained by the fair or show operator for one year.

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 continued 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 and Maryland fairs and shows will remain in effect.”

For details, please see the 2017 Maryland Animal Health Fair and Show Requirements. More information is available on the Department’s Fairs and Shows website.

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Contact Information

If you have any questions, need additional information or would like to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jason Schellhardt
Director of Communications
Telephone: 410-841-5888

Megan Guilfoyle
Public Information Officer
Telephone: 410-841-5889

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