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ARKANSAS LIVESTOCK - County, Junior District, District, State Fair, & Other
  1. All animals entering the grounds, including those showing the pet zoos, children’s barnyard animals, Old McDonald Farms, etc. must meet the requirements of their particular species.

  2. Arkansas livestock (except for Arkansas sheep, goats, horses, steers and rabbits) must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued with nine- ty (90) days prior to exhibition, showing the following:


Arkansas Cattle

  1. If Arkansas is a Class Free State, Arkansas cattle are exempt from brucellosis testing. If Arkansas is not a Class Free State then the following testing requirements must be met: Negative brucellosis test within ninety (90) days prior to exhibition, for females and bulls eighteen (18) months of age and over. All heifers that have calved or are bred must be tested. Animals originating from a Certified Brucellosis Free Herd are exempt if the Certified Free Herd number is shown on the certificate.

  2. All heifers that are four to twelve (4-12) months of age shall be vaccinated before entering show.

  3. Heifers that were born on or after January 1, 1985, that are over twelve (12) months of age and not  had official calf hood vaccines will not be allowed to show (unless they are from a Brucellosis Certified Free Herd.) This will not apply if Arkansas continues as a Brucellosis Free State.

  4. All rodeo shock exhibited at a rodeo in Arkansas must meet the out of state requirements for brucellosis and tuberculosis for twelve

  5. Twelve (12) month and older bulls, roping and dogging steers, and heifers even if the rodeo stock originates from Arkansas. Tie down roping calves are exempt from the tuberculosis testing requirements. The exemption is a CVI within the state is good for ninety (90) days instead of thirty (30) days.


Arkansas Swine

  1. As of July 1, 2001, all swine must have an official premise identification.

  2. Animals six (6) months old or older to be tested negative for brucellosis within ninety (90) days of exhibition or originate directly out of a Validated Herd, with Validation number and date of last herd test shown on certificate (barrows exempt from brucellosis testing, but must be pseudorabies tested.

  3. Animals to be tested negative for pseudorabies regardless of age within nine- ty (90) days of the exhibition on a test approved by the state veterinarian or originate directly out of a Qualified Pseudorabies Free Herd, with Qualified Herd number and date of last test shown on certificate.

  4. Free of other contagious, infectious, and communicable diseases (erysipelas, atrophic rhinitis, etc.); otherwise they will not be allowed to show and will be released from fairgrounds.


Arkansas Sheep & Goats

  • Exhibition officials must maintain records of all sheep and goats that are exhibited for a period of five years, to include:

(a) Identification Number

(b) Flock status as defined by the Voluntary Flock Certification Program

(c) The name, complete address and phone number of the owner.

  1. All instate sheep and goats in the state of Arkansas must be identified by an official USDA tag (scrapie tag) or for goats a legible official goat registry tattoo if accompanied by a registration certificate.

  2. Fair personnel, veterinarians, or state-federal personnel may examine sheep on grounds. Any sheep showing clinical symptoms of Scrapie shall be immediately quarantined in isolation and required to undergo any approved diagnostic tests and shall be consigned to slaughter or destruction with submission of tissues to an approved diagnostic laboratory at the exhibitor’s expense.

  3. Commingling (as defined by the Arkansas Scrapie Regulation) of sheep or goats of different flock status as defined by the Voluntary Flock Certification Program (VFCP) is prohibited and must be reported to the VFCP state official and State Veterinarian.

  4. No sheep or goats showing symptoms of disease, particularly foot rot, sore mouth, sheep pox, evidence of fungal infection, evidence of abscesses or with draining abscesses will be allowed to show and may be released by fair officials, veterinarians, or state-federal personnel.

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