Iowa State Fair Health Requirements

Iowa State Fair CVIs Do’s and Don’ts
Get a Blue Ribbon for your Iowa State Fair CVIs

The entire 2015 Health Requirements for Exhibition at the Iowa State Fair can be found

Making sure your Certificates of Veterinary Inspections (CVIs), commonly known as Health Certificates, for the 2014 Iowa State Fair are correct can make your clients exhibiting at the Iowa State Fair have a blue ribbon experience.

Each year, the staff of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) examines hundreds of CVIs that accompany animals that are being exhibited at the Iowa State Fair. Each year there are some CVI‘s that are not allowed because they are improperly filled out. In that case, the owner has to pay the State Fair attending veterinarians (from ISU) to examine the animal(s) and write another CVI.
Here are some important Do’s and Don’ts to make sure your CVI’s are blue ribbon worthy:

DO record the complete, official ID - Official ID for the State Fair is very specific- you will need to read the regulations.  Examples:

  • For breeding cattle the official ID is USDA metal eartag (Bright or Brucellosis eartags) or registration tattoo, not registration number alone.
  • For sheep and goats.  Record the complete Scrapie tag number i.e.: IA3421-0157 not just the flock number IA3421 or the individual number 0157. Scrapie ID is required on all sexually intact sheep and goats at the Iowa State Fair.
DO record all types of ID - For example: market hogs require that the 4H plastic tag and ear-notches both be recorded on the CVI.

DO include a valid date of inspection – CVIs will be rejected if they do not include a date of inspection or if the date of inspection has expired.  The CVI is only valid for 30 days after inspection of animals (14 days for sheep).  

DO include the correct address for the Iowa State Fair - Iowa State Fair, 3000 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317.  

DO include an adequate description of animals on CVI - In addition to name and breed, record on the CVI the age, sex, color and markings of the animal.

DO include all the required statements on CVI - Some classes of livestock such as cervids and sexually intact goats require an additional statement- check state fair regulations.  

DO write neatly – make sure the CVI is legible.

DON'T include more than one destination on the CVI – CVIs are for only one movement of animals and the destination or consignee should be the Iowa State Fair (i.e. a CVI  cannot have both Polk County Fair and the Iowa State Fair as the destination).

DON’T forget to sign the CVI! - The CVI will be rejected if the veterinarian did not sign the form.

If an animal shows signs of contagious diseases it is unable to show and must be removed from the fairgrounds immediately - For instance; club lamb fungus, warts, ringworm, pinkeye, pneumonia, diarrhea, etc.  For sheep, please do a thorough inspection as club-lamb fungus can be difficult to see on an unshorn lamb and may take a few days to develop. It is preferable to examine a lamb after slick shearing and shortly before entry to the fair.

If you have additional questions, contact your State District Veterinarian or the State Vet office 515-281-5305.