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Dr. Rod Hall Offers Simple Message to Those Ready to Bring Animals to 2020 OYE- Make Sure They are Healthy

Mon, 09 Mar 2020 05:32:05 CDT

Dr. Rod Hall Offers Simple Message to Those Ready to Bring Animals to 2020 OYE- Make Sure They are Healthy Dr. Rod Hall is the State Veterinarian for Oklahoma- and offers these words ahead of the world's largest junior livestock show that begins it's ten day run this week at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

The livestock begin rolling in to OYE this Tuesday.

Dr. Hall has a simple message- "If show animals are sick please don’t take them to the show so they can expose healthy animals. If people are sick please encourage them to stay at home so they don’t expose other people or livestock. Please wash hands properly and often, especially before eating and after handling livestock or any equipment that may have been exposed to manure or other secretions. Please keep the stall areas and walkways clean, neat, and dry.

"If you have or notice sick animals please contact show management, ODAFF personnel at the gates, one of the veterinarians who are either participating or watching the show, or me. If you’re a veterinarian and you’re asked to treat an animal please report it to the show management so they have knowledge of what type and how many illnesses are present at the show.

"Some of you may think we’re blowing this whole biosecurity thing out of proportion and that “I’ve shown animals for XXX years and never had any problems”. Unfortunately we have diseases and bacteria and viruses unlike we had when I was showing and even when I was in practice. It is absolutely important that we take these things seriously.

"My hope is that on March the 21st you all think back and realize that everything went well and think “Well, I knew Dr. Hall was full of bull bleep”. If that happens it means we all did our jobs."

Our Coverage of the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo is once again a service of ITC Great Plains, Your Energy Superhighway- learn more about this high voltage, transmission only utility and their commitment to the communities they serve which is the cornerstone of their business-click here for their website.

Reports will be heard daily on great radio stations that cover Oklahoma and that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- on the internet- our reports of the 2020 OYE can be found on the Blue Green Gazette page- available here. We will be adding pictures daily to our official 2020 OYE Album of Photos on FLICKR, found here.

For more information about the Oklahoma Youth Expo, click here for the home page of the OYE website.



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