ALL cattle, heifers and steers, (BEST & non-BEST) (in-state and out-of-state) exhibited at an OCA BEST sanctioned show are required to be tested and negative for Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI) status. 

All animals must have a negative BVD test to be exhibited at any OCA BEST sanctioned show. This does not prohibit an individual animal from being retested, should an initial screening test be determined to be a false positive. Exhibitors with a test positive animal (on initial screening) should work with a veterinarian to determine additional BVD testing options. Any animal that has a final positive BVD result (is determined to be persistently infected) is ineligible to be exhibited at any OCA BEST sanctioned show. Acceptable tests include and are limited to: Immunohistochemistry (IHC) on skin, Antigen-capture ELISA (ACE) on serum (blood test) or skin, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on whole blood, serum or skin.  Animals must be individually tested and individually identified.  Pooled testing is acceptable only if documentation is provided that the animal was specifically included in the pool and that the pool contained no more than 7 animals.

Schedule the BVD PI test with enough lead time to receive the test results prior to a BEST show. A lead time of at least two weeks is recommended prior to the first show. All animals being tested, registered and crossbred, must be identified with an 840 EID tag at the time of testing. A BVD PI test is a one-time test good for the life of the animal.

Like declaring a breed at the first sanctioned show, proof of a Negative BVD PI test MUST be provided at the next BEST sanctioned show immediately following the first BEST show the animal attended, whether or not you plan to exhibit cattle at the show, EXCEPT for exhibition at the Ohio Beef Expo. Failure to do so will result in the animal being dropped from the BEST point standings and the program. Additionally, any showmanship points garnered with the animal will be forfeited. All cattle exhibited at the Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show will be required to be tested and negative for Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI) upon arrival on the Expo grounds.

  • The test is good for the life of the animal
  • Similar to declaring a breed, negative test results must be provided by the next BEST show, whether or not the animal is being exhibited
  • Tests can be completed by a vet call to your farm, or by attending one of the two sessions offered by OCA

Testing Sessions Available:

- Athens County Beef Show, Athens County Fairgrounds

          Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 1pm-end of show

- Wood County Black Swamp Preview, Wood County Fairgrounds

           Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 8am-1pm

- The Croton Nationals, Hartford Independent Fair

           Saturyday, November 19, 2022 7:00-9:30am

- Fayette County Fairgrounds
           Sunday, November 20, 2022 - 8am-1pm