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Health Regulations


ALL required health papers must accompany the cattle and be available for inspection upon arrival. Cattle will not be health tested on the facility grounds for the purposes of showing. NSAS staff, with assistance from the Official Veterinarian and/or New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM), will check all papers. Animals will not be allowed on the grounds until health papers have been verified.


Cattle without health papers:

1) Will be placed in a quarantine area until proper health papers are presented OR

2) Will be required to leave the grounds

Identification Requirements 

All cattle attending NSAS must have official individual identification regardless of age. Acceptable forms of animal identification are: a USDA AIN 840 tag (RFID or visual), a Canadian CCIA RFID 124 tag, or a manufacturer-coded 900, 982 or 985-series RFID tag.*NOTE: Manufacturer coded RFID tags were discontinued as official ID by USDA starting in 2015. However, tags applied before March 11, 2015 will be recognized for the life of the animal.


Requirements for All Cattle

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. You must have a current Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI, also known as a health certificate) issued within 30 days of arrival at fairgrounds, signed by an accredited veterinarian, with animals individually identified. This certificate must be presented upon arrival of cattle to the fairgrounds.

  2. Identification. Each animal must be officially identified via a USDA 840 tag (RFID or visual) or a Canadian AIN RFID 124 tag. There is no age or sexual status exemption for the ID requirement.

  3. Rabies Vaccination. All animals over four (4) months of age on the day of arrival must have been vaccinated for rabies at least 14 days prior to arrival at the fairgrounds but no longer than the labeled time for active protection. This vaccination date and vaccine must be listed on the CVI and must be available to show officials if requested at any time.

  4. Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex. All cattle must show proof of vaccination against the common bovine respiratory disease viruses (shipping fever) not less than 14 days or more than 90 days before arrival at the fairgrounds. Vaccination must include immunization against bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV), infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), and parainfluenza (PI). Intranasal vaccines against respiratory viruses are acceptable if given at least 3 days prior to the animal’s arrival at the fairgrounds - this must be listed on the CVI.  

  5. BVD Testing. BVD testing is required for all animals (In and Out-Of-State animals). This test identifies persistently infected (PI) animals for their lifetime.

  6. Tuberculosis testing is not required at this time.

  7. A brucellosis test, vaccination or statement is not required.

  8. Animals from Out-Of-State should check with New York State Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) for specific requirements. Information can be obtained by calling (518) 457-3502.

HPAI Requirements as of 5/14/2024

The show committee is working closely with local, state and federal regulatory agencies to monitor the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak (HPAI H5N1). This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. USDA and Federal and State partners will continue to share additional updates as soon as information becomes available.  

Current guidelines and information from USDA APHIS can be found here: APHIS Requirements and Recommendations for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 Virus in Livestock For State Animal Health Officials, Accredited Veterinarians and Producers

Current Testing Requirements:

These guidelines and requirements are subject to change and are at the directive of USDA.​


General Notes

All cattle exhibited must be free of contagious and infectious diseases, including ringworm, scabies, mange, warts and pinkeye. Cattle under quarantine are not eligible for exhibition. Cattle that come from an area which is considered to be quarantined because of the presence of or exposure to a highly contagious disease cannot be shown at NYSAS. NYSAS or NYSDAM have the right to require such tests and examinations as may be necessary to determine the disease status of any animals exhibited, and to exclude or remove, under a permit from NYSDAM, any animal afflicted or suspected of being afflicted with any contagious disease.


Drug Usage

Cattle at the show may only be treated with USDA-licensed FDA-approved drugs. Withdrawal time periods must be strictly observed. Extra label use of all drugs must be under the direction of a licensed veterinarian. Evidence of the same shall be provided in writing if requested by NYSAS or NYSDAM.

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