15.11.14.06

.06 Exhibitor Requirements.

A. General Requirements. Each livestock exhibitor shall:

(1) Have all livestock examined by an accredited veterinarian before the exhibition as prescribed by the Department;

(2) Except as provided in §B of this regulation, keep a copy of a valid interstate or intrastate certificate of veterinary inspection with each animal at all times during the exhibition;

(3) Do all of the following:

(a) Personally examine all livestock for any signs of contagious or infectious disease prior to entry to the exhibition site but not more than 24 hours before entry to the exhibition site;

(b) Document the examination with a properly completed Departmental livestock exhibition self-certification form for animal health;

(c) Present for exhibition only animals that:

(i) Have not been exposed to contagious or infectious diseases; and

(ii) Appear by the pre-exhibition examination conducted by the exhibitor to be free from infectious or contagious disease; and

(d) Maintain a copy of the completed self-certification form with the livestock during the exhibition;

(4) Individually identify each animal by ear tag, tattoo, registration number, national animal identification system device, or other means approved by the Department;

(5) Make all records required by this chapter available to the Department or sponsor upon request;

(6) Report animals suspected of having a contagious or infectious disease to the sponsor; and

(7) Allow the Department to examine or test any livestock for a contagious or infectious disease.

B. Required vaccinations and testing shall be documented by the accredited veterinarian on the certificate of veterinary inspection or other required health documents when appropriate.

C. Exhibitors of horses shall substitute a valid official report documenting freedom from equine infectious anemia.

D. Special Exhibitor Requirements for Certain Livestock. Each livestock exhibitor shall ensure that the health requirements in §§E—K of this regulation are met before any exhibition.

E. Bovine (Cattle).

(1) All cattle 6 months or older, including castrates, shall meet:

(a) The tuberculosis control requirements under both COMAR 15.11.01.04 and 9 CFR 77; and

(b) The Brucellosis control requirements under both COMAR 15.11.02 and 9 CFR 78.

(2) All cattle shall be vaccinated in a manner prescribed by the Department against bovine respiratory disease complex. The vaccine shall be administered in a manner adequate to confer protective immunity against these diseases for the duration of the exhibition.

F. Porcine (Pigs). All pigs, except castrates, 6 months old or older, shall meet the Brucellosis control requirements of COMAR 15.11.06 and 9 CFR 78.

G. Ovine (Sheep).

(1) All sheep shall meet the scrapie in sheep requirements under COMAR 15.11.18 and 9 CFR 79.

(2) The exhibitor shall have a certificate of veterinary inspection for all sheep, including lambs, clearly stating that the entire flock has been inspected and found free of evidence of all contagious or infectious diseases.

(3) Each certificate shall include the scrapie premise identification number and each individual scrapie identification number.

H. Caprine (Goat).

(1) All goats 6 months or older shall meet the tuberculosis and brucellosis control requirements of COMAR 15.11.01.06.

(2) All goats shall meet the scrapie in goat requirements under both COMAR 15.11.18 and 9 CFR 79. The exhibitor shall have a certificate of veterinary inspection for all goats, indicating that the entire flock has been inspected and found to be free of evidence of all contagious or infectious diseases. Each certificate shall include the scrapie premise identification number and the individual scrapie identification number as required by both COMAR 15.11.18.03 and 9 CFR §79.5.

I. Equine (Horse).

(1) The exhibitor shall ensure that each horse exhibited meets all requirements including testing for equine infectious anemia under COMAR 15.11.12. Horses originating in Maryland are exempt from requirements pertaining to a certificate of veterinary inspection.

(2) The exhibitor shall keep a copy of a valid official result for the test (Coggins) to determine the horse is free from equine infectious anemia with each animal at all times during the exhibition.

(3) The exhibitor shall comply with horse transport requirements under Agriculture Article, §3-902, Annotated Code of Maryland.

J. Camelids (Llama, Alpaca, Vicuna, and Guanaco). All Camelids, including castrates, 6 months or older, shall meet at least one of the following requirements to be eligible for exhibition:

(1) Originate directly from a herd in Maryland not under restriction or quarantine for tuberculosis and from which all animals have tested negative for tuberculosis within the past 12 months; or

(2) Have a negative individual Tuberculin test documented within 60 days of exhibition.

K. Lagomorpha (Rabbits, Hares). All rabbits presented for exhibition shall meet the conditions described under general requirements for exhibitors.