Drug Testing Done on Animals in Livestock Competitions

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WELLINGTON, Ohio-- We’ve seen drug testing in sports, but livestock competitions? It happens there too.

Not all animals are tested though; just the ones that could be auctioned off for a lot of money.

Dr. Bill Fox is a veterinarian for the Lorain County Fair. He’s said it’s required under state law.

“The grand champions and reserves of each of these divisions bring many, many times more the market value of that animal. If it was a regular animal, such as a steer, it would sell for $10,000 and it would’ve normally sold for two or three thousand,” he said.

That’s why it’s so important that they test for any drugs. For example, they check for steroids or tranquilizers.

He said those and others could help make the animal show better in competition.

“I think it’s a good thing they test. I mean it makes the playing field level for everyone. I don’t agree with performance enhancing drugs and I think it’s a good thing because it’s fair for everyone,” said steer owner, Vince Meyers.

It’s not all about fairness though. He said they also do it for safety. Especially, since people will eventually eat that meat.

“What you have to realize is the United States of America  has the cleanest meat to eat in this world and there to be nothing in that meat that isn’t supposed to be there,” said Fox.

Luckily, that won’t be an issue at the Lorain County Fair. All the animals tested there, checked out okay.