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Weigh-in dates set for fair livestock

— Weigh-in dates have been set for animals that will be entered in September’s Okanogan County Fair.

The mandatory weigh-ins are for all livestock and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road.

“As of this point in time, we have to hold off on the hog dates because of a disease situation with out-of-state animals,” Parks and Recreation Board member Lonnie Dixon said. “We are trying to get the details completely worked out.”

The state Department of Agriculture last month adopted an emergency rule requiring all swine entering the state to carry evidence the animals are free of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, a disease that can make adult pigs ill and be fatal to suckling piglets. The new rule will remain in force for at least 120 days.

Those planning to exhibit pigs at this year’s fair need to have a statement declaring the animals have not come from an area known to be affected by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and have not bee exposed to the virus within the previous 30 days.

For other animals, the weigh-in dates are April 12 and April 26 for steers, and May 31 and June 14 for sheep.

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