SPONSORED By Barclays Agriculture
This competition will run across the following Shows Lurgan, Armagh, Saintfield, Ballymena, Newry, Omagh, Castlewellan, Londonderry/Limavady, Antrim, Clogher Valley with the final at Fermanagh Show on Saturday 11th August 2023.
Points will be awarded to the three highest placed competitors
1st 10 points
2nd 7 points
3rd 5 points
The top three shows competed in will count towards qualification for the final. All qualified handlers at the final will compete with a clean sheet.
The following prizes will be awarded in each age group.
Prizes in FInal : 1st £100; 2nd £75, 3rd £50
Each Show will have a specific set of rules and regulations which must be adhered to for the competition
Important Note for Cattle Exhibitors
Procedure for Movement of (NI) Cattle into and out of Local Agricultural Shows
Disease Control - Only animals free from disease restrictions, including Tuberculosis, Brucellosis, Bluetongue and Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (herd or individual animal restrictions) may be permitted to move to a Show.
Bovine Tuberculosis Controls To minimise the risk to other livestock, exhibitors are encouraged to have “Show” animals tested for Tuberculosis by their Private Veterinary Practitioner in the 30 days beforehand. To minimise the risk to their own herd, exhibitors are encouraged to quarantine show animals and have them tested for Tuberculosis by their Private Veterinary Practitioner at least 42 days after their last appearance at a show and before reintegration to the main herd Bovine Brucellosis Controls - Pre-movement testing for Bovine Brucellosis is no longer required for movement to shows
The Compulsory Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Scheme (BVD). Shows should put in place adequate bio-security measures to reduce the risk of transmission on the premises. Best practice is that all cattle are from herds where every animal has been BVD tested with a negative result and there have been no BVD positive animals in the past 12 months. As a minimum, the following paragraphs must be met: For cattle born on/after 01/03/2016, only those animals with BVDN status on APHIS (negative BVD test result) can be moved into a “Show” herd. APHIS will block the movement of animals which don’t have BVDN status. For cattle born before 01/03/2016, animals with an APHIS status of BVDP (positive), BVDI (inconclusive), DAMPI (dam of a positive animal) or OFFPI (offspring of a positive animal) cannot be moved into a “Show” herd. APHIS will block the movement of animals which have any of these statuses. For imported animals born on or after 1st March 2016 and resident in a NI herd, a BVDN status is required before the animal can be moved into a Show herd. Statuses can only be obtained where samples have been tested in laboratories approved under the NI scheme. AHWNI can attempt to obtain BVD statuses for animals that have been imported from the ROI, so owners of any such animals should contact AHWNI, allowing time for a test to be carried out should a BVD Negative result not be available. Imported animals, not resident in a NI herd and moving directly to a Show, should be tested with virus negative results or should be the dam of a virus-negative calf. Show Operators may ask for evidence of the relevant virus-negative test result or proof that the animal concerned is the dam of a virus-negative calf. Proof of BVD Negative status Farmers can access the AHWNI database (www.animalhealthni.com), using their government gateway ID and password, for BVD test results and to print certificates of BVD negative test results. BVD statuses are also available on APHIS online and on APHIS herd lists. In summary, only those animals with a BVD status of BVDN (negative) INDNEG (indirect negative) or ‘blank’ (no BVD status on APHIS) can move into the Show Herd. Any animal with an APHIS status of BVDP, BVDI, DAMPI, OFFPI or BVDU (unknown) status cannot be moved into the “Show” herd. In respect of imported animals born on or after 1/3/2016, if a result from an approved laboratory has not already been provided by the vendor, the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 requires a valid BVD test to be completed within 20 days of the date of importation. Show Secretaries are advised to consult with AHWNI regarding BVD control at their Show, including what evidence of BVD status exhibitors may be required to give before or on arrival at the Show. All queries relating to details of the compulsory BVD scheme should be directed to AHWNI: Unit 49, Dungannon Enterprise Centre, 2 Coalisland Rd, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone,BT71 6JT Phone: 028 7963 9333, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web Site: http://www.animalhealthni.com/
BVD Requirements for Shows wishing to include exhibitors from Ireland Ireland now has a European Commission approved BVD Eradication Programme. This increases the BVD requirements for the movement of cattle into Ireland. If a show in NI plans to include exhibitors from Ireland and plans to return these animals to their herds of origin via a non-co-minglement certificate, then the show will need to have additional BVD requirements for all exhibitors in place – including cattle from NI herds. Show organisers are advised to contact email@example.com well in advance of any planned show to discuss these additional arrangements. Show organisers must ensure that NI exhibitors are aware of any additional BVD requirements
Identification All cattle must be properly identified and comply with the Cattle Identification Regulations. General Principles Cattle, sheep and goats from the ROI may only attend Show premises in NI that are operating as EU Approved Assembly Centres for the relevant species on that day. Cattle going to a Show(s) must be accompanied by a fully completed MC2 document with the “From” and “To” premises entered as the Presenter’s address and herd number and the document clearly marked “Via XXXX Show” Cattle moving from a Show must return to the herd they came from. The number of Shows to which cattle may travel is not limited provided these conditions are met on all occasions.
Cattle Movements to or from a Show for Keepers registered in Northern Ireland On arrival at the Show, the cattle must be accompanied by a fully completed MC2 document.
1. Presenter completes MC2 showing both the origin and destination premises as the presenter’s home address and herd number but adding clearly “Via XXXXX Show” at a prominent place on the document.
2. Presenter brings White, Yellow and Pink copies of MC2 to the Show. Presenter keeps Blue copy. N.B.1 Presenter should carry the MC2 book containing the Blue copy when transporting the cattle back to the farm to fulfil the legal obligation for the move to be accompanied by a fully completed movement document.
3. Each presenter signs a “Presenter Declaration” (see Annex F) stating that the cattle will return to the presenting keeper’s premises at the end of the show.
N.B.2 moves to the Show cannot be recorded by farmers using APHIS-on-Line. It all currently has to be done using paper MC2 documents allocated to the Herd. The top 3 copies (MC2A-White, MC2B-Yellow and MC2C-Pink) must be brought to the Show. All 3 copies will be checked by a Show Representative and stamped with the Show stamp. The MC2A (white) will be retained by the Show Operative.
Show Operator’s Responsibilities.
1. Check that cattle on MC2 match those presented, and tick “Receipt Confirmed” column on MC2 (Yellow and Pink copy). Stamp all 3 copies with the “Show” stamp.
2. Keep Yellow copy of MC2 for Show’s own records.
3. Return White and Pink copy of incoming MC2s to local DDO by the next working day after the end of the Show, along with the signed declarations at 3 above.
4. Sign & then return to the local DDO the “Show Declaration” (see Annex G) listing the serial numbers of all the MC2 documents moving animals to the show and confirming that the animals on those documents attended the Show.
Movements to or from a Show for Cattle Keepers registered in Republic of Ireland(ROI).Note - In order to receive cattle from the RoI, the RELEVANT PART OF THE Show premises must be operating to full EU Assembly Centre Standards for cattle and be approved for this purpose. ADVICE ON AND APPROVAL OF THIS MUST BE SOUGHT FROM THE LOCAL DIVISIONAL VETERINARY OFFICE. As part of these requirements RoI cattle must be kept segregated from NI cattle and must be re-exported directly from the Show premises to their premises of origin in the RoI as soon as the Show ends. A show with ROI exhibitors must have additional BVD requirements/checks in place for all competitors, including those from NI.
Cattle imported directly to a Show from the ROI. Note - animals must be registered on APHIS by DAERA staff before they can move into a Show. This registration process will be carried out by the local DAERA office on receipt of the Health certificate issued by a Department Vet in the ROI, passport and “Show” MC2 documents from the Show Organiser. The registration process will allow DAERA to produce the necessary paperwork for the move out of the show. At present it is not possible for Show Organisers to electronically move imported animals into a show. Cattle entering a Show will be accompanied by a Passport and a Health Certificate issued by a Department Vet in the ROI. The Show will be issued with its own MC2 self-written notification book. The Show Operative will enter the animal(s) details onto the MC2 then send the completed MC2A (White) MC2B (Yellow) and MC2C (Pink) documents to the local DAERA Direct Office at the latest by the next working day. MC2D (Blue) should be retained in MC2 book.
Cattle Re-exported Directly from a Show to the ROI. Cattle being re-exported to RoI will need to be accompanied by:
1.An MC2L (produced by the local DAERA Direct Office);
2.The passport (which accompanied the animal to the Show);
3.Their original Health Certification suitably endorsed by the Veterinarian responsiblefor the Show
4.A Non Co-minglement Certificate which will be issued by the Veterinarian responsible for the Show.
If the Show is on a Saturday the Show operator must ensure that all documentation is with their local DAERA Direct Office on the following Monday morning. The MC2L will be produced retrospectively. This may also occur when documents are received by the DAERA Direct Office too late to be processed before the animals leave the Show.