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Livestock Fairs

Livestock fairs and markets are places where animals from different holdings are brought together, thus making them potentially dangerous venues with regard to the exchange of infectious-contagious and parasite agents among the animals, hence it is extremely important from a health point of view to control these areas.

Act 8/2003 of 24 April, on Animal Health, regulates the health planning of livestock shows, defining these as “authorised activities in which livestock is gathered in appropriate facilities with a view to commercial transaction, either for breeding, fattening, slaughter or other use, or intended for its exhibition or display, or for its assessment and subsequent award, if applicable, ...”.

This Act fixes the conditions for the authorisation of livestock shows: hygiene requirements of the facilities; human, material and technical resources necessary to ensure the smooth operation of the show, and if the show is held is on a national level or if the animals are intended for intra Community trade, a cleaning and disinfecting centre. The Act also fixes the requirements for the operation of livestock shows: identification of animals, inspection by an official or authorised veterinarian. In addition, it establishes the obligation for the animals participating in the same show and during the same period of time to come from holdings with the same health status.

In addition, Act 6/93 of the Basque Government of 29 October 1993 on Animal Protection prohibits the peddling of animals outside authorised markets or fairs.


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