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Livestock and Animal Information

Quality Assurance

Maryland  4-H Animal Husbandry and Quality Assurance (AH&QA) Program. This program is offered to help youth who participate in 4-H animal projects in Maryland learn about the importance of caring for, grooming and showing their animals in safe and ethical ways. 
Members may access the AH&QA program at: 

Completion of this program is required to show your project animal(s) in County 4-H and State 4-H Shows.This training site will close on August 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Please note that your county or state may have an earlier deadline for completion of this program. 
Quality Assurance must be completed before you compete in your first show for the season.

The program must be completed using Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browsers. The program is not supported by Internet Explorer.  The program contains two levels, a Junior-aged Level and an Intermediate/Senior-aged Level. The program automatically directs members to the correct level based on their birthdate. 4-Hers are required to complete the on-line training program when they reach each 4-H age division (juniors (8-10), intermediates (11-13), seniors (14-18) – all as of January 1 of the current year) OR when an Intermediate or Senior 4-H member chooses to show a new species since last completing the program within their age division they must return to program and complete the program for the new species area. (The Junior program does not have species specific sections like the Intermediate/Senior program does).

State Guidelines for QA

Members may access the AH&QA program at: 


2017 Maryland State Tagging Policy for Cattle and Swine

2017 RFID Tags for MD Exhibition

State Resources for Animal Sciences

Exhibiting Animals at Fairs and Shows

Policy Documents

Maryland 4-H Code of Animal Science Ethics

Ownership Information

Maryland Department of Agriculture Animal Health Program (MDA) 2016 Fair and Show (Exhibition) Policy


1.    In 2016, we have changed our Maryland CVI! 

The CVI to be used for intrastate movement to exhibitions to a combined CVI that can be used for Interstate movement for any reason, or Intrastate movement to exhibitions, sale or "other" - other is reserved for regulatory movements requiring approval of the State Veterinarian. 

MDA will be discontinuing the use of a separate "Equine" CVI. This change means there will be only one type of CVI form for all animal movements.

2015 versions of interstates and intrastate certificates will be accepted (grandfathered in) throughout 2016 to use up existing forms. After 2016 only the most recent form will be considered valid.

Sample copy of the new "Maryland Certificate of Veterinary Inspection" (CVI).

CVIs are valid for 30 days for interstate (out of state) movement or sale, and for 90 days for movement to exhibitions within Maryland.

Veterinarians may request the new form by calling our Annapolis office at 410-841-5810.  Forms may also be picked up at MDA laboratories in Salisbury and Frederick after January 1, 2016.

 As a reminder:

-     CVIs must be COMPLETE and contain the Official Identification Number associated with each animal.

-     A copy of the CVI must be sent into the MDA Animal Health Program office within 7 days of issuance, by Federal law. 

2.    Due to the continued threat of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, No poultry exhibitions will be allowed prior to May 15, 2016. See attached policy for more details.

3.    Camelids entering Maryland will no longer be required to have a TB test if they are coming from a TB Free State, Region or Zone.

If you have any questions regarding these new requirements, please contact the Maryland Department of Agriculture at 410-841-5810.

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