Post by lakeportfarms on Apr 16, 2016 18:23:04 GMT
I looked briefly at the entry. Judy had asked if I was able to come, but it would have been difficult at that time of the year. In addition, it looks like for us it would be a pretty strict entry requirement. We'd have to TB test ours (we have TB in one part of our state) or have a whole herd TB test within a year. That's not happening...lol. The TB test requires that the cow be pricked, and then inspected again 3 days later. The tests are designed to produce false positives around 3% of the time. When that occurs, a visit from the state vet is required and a blood draw is done and two weeks later you get the result, or, at their discretion, a whole herd TB test is done. We shipped a cow to Ohio a number of years ago, when Ohio required TB testing coming from our area. The cow tested positive (false)on the first test, and the state vet elected to do our entire herd, which was only 30 at the time. That was enough for me... I'm not going to run 100 plus Dexters through a chute to do blood draws on them!
It's fairly routine for us to do TB tests here. Lots of states require it in order to import a bovine into their state. Michigan is one of those that require it and Virginia didn't allow a bovine to be imported from Michigan for at least a few years. We had a flap here over someone who brought Michigan Dexters into the state without health certificates. My vet was the one that treated them and did the tests. That herd was quarantined for several years before the owners could sell any of their offspring. I don't believe any criminal charges were placed, but they could have been.
I wouldn't risk sending a Dexter to a state that required a TB test without doing it. Or any other test, for that matter.
Back in 2004 I bought a bull from the ADCA AGM Show and Sale and had it shipped to me. It arrived with no health papers. I later sold it to someone in Georgia, after my vet did all the tests it should have had before coming here, plus those that Georgia required. Georgia has some of the most restrictive rules about importation of cattle. Semen, too.
The best thing I got from the Missouri State Fair brochure is that for the first time it will be open to all Dexters, not just those registered with ADCA.
Our Virginia State Fair was a big success the first year they had Dexter classes. Sally Coad set it up and put the Dexter show on. The next year was also good, but the third year was turned over to the ADCA to run and all non-ADCA Dexters were excluded. I think they only drew 6 entries that year. The Virginia State Fair has never had a Dexter class since then.
The OVDBA has broken ground by permitting all Dexters to compete. Some progress has been made in Iowa. I think they will permit PDCA entries this year. But to have Missouri join the effort to showcase Traditional and Legacy Dexters is a big step.
I haven't gotten over the elation of discovering it, yet.
We will be their. Hans I dont imagine there are many states you can send a cow to with out a tb test. We are a TB free state here so we dont have to do it. I have only had to test once when I sent one to Canada. They dont care that we are a free state they require it anyway.
Sending a cow to new owners is one thing. Doing a whole herd TB test to go to a show is another altogether. I understand the reasons for it, I was merely saying that for us it's just not feasible to go through all those possible steps, including a possible whole herd TB test, to attend a fair for a couple of days. I agree it's a great thing that they will allow Legacy registered Dexters to compete.