Month: September 2015

Avian Influenza Update

There have been no Avian Influenza cases in Wisconsin since early May 2015, and no outbreaks have occurred in the United States for weeks. Recently, the Wisconsin DATCP held several Avian Influenza informational meetings. My sister, my dad, and I attended one of those meetings along with a few other exhibition poultry enthusiasts. Topics discussed at the meeting included:

  • A detailed look at how Avian Influenza progressed throughout Wisconsin
  • A description of the DATCP’s methods used to eradicate the disease and control spread
  • Helpful biosecurity tips
  • Description of how to test for Avian Influenza and where to get the supplies needed for the test

Officials in the DATCP including the State Vet believe that Avian Influenza is likely to return this fall, with the migratory birds. Migration has already begun and we’ll soon see whether the migratory birds bring the disease again. The warm summer weather is believed to have alleviated the Avian Influenza outbreaks since the virus does not survive well in hot weather. Cooler fall, winter, and spring months may pose a greater threat.

The ban on poultry shows in Wisconsin will not be lifted until its originally set end-date, December 31st 2015. At this point, there are no definitive future plans to cancel shows again next year. The State Vet is waiting to see how the fall and spring go, but even if there are outbreaks, it is not 100% certain that shows will be canceled again.

On another note, several states are open to poultry showing once again. Indiana is hosting multiple shows that can be viewed at Poultry Show Central. Illinois has recently opened its borders and Wisconsin exhibitors can attend Illinios swaps as well as show birds. Visit this page to see upcoming Illinois shows if you want to show somewhere this fall. Other states, such as Tennessee, are also allowing out-of-state exhibitors to show, but require Avian Influenza testing. This testing is unfortunately quite expensive and probably not worth it for the average exhibitor.

 

WJPA Youth Activity Day Schedule

This is the official schedule for the WJPA Youth Activity Day, which will take place on September 26, 2015:

9:00am-9:30am: Arrival. Sign up for door prizes. Poster contest entries accepted.

9:30am-10:00am: WJPA meeting.

10:00am-10:20am: Pullet Surprise awards given.

10:30am-11:30am: Egg demonstrations.

10:30am-1:00pm: Breed ID/Silhouette Identification contest. Participants may identify silhouettes of birds whenever they aren’t otherwise occupied by the poster contest, egg demonstrations, etc.

11:00am: Poster contest judging starts. Participants will be face-to-face interviewed for approximately 10 minutes each.

11:30am-12:15pm: Lunch.

12:15pm-12:45pm: “Stump the Experts.” A panel of 4-5 knowledgeable “poultry experts” will answer submitted questions.

12:45pm-1:15pm: Egg judging.

1:30pm-2:00pm: Awards ceremony (except for Avian Quiz Bowl).

2:00pm-3:00pm: Avian Quiz Bowl competition. Awards to follow.

Notes on Lunch: A plate lunch will be offered, with donations happily accepted. Members are also encouraged to bring desserts for the dessert table. 

Avian Influenza Workshop Offered by Wisconsin DATCP

WI DATCP will be presenting 4 workshops at various locations in Wisconsin titled “Avian Influenza – Lessons Learned and How to Prepare for the Future.

RSVP to margaret.proost@wisconsin.gov, (608) 224-4877.

All workshops are scheduled to run from 6pm to 8pm.

  • Sep 10 at DATCP, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison, WI
  • Sep 22 at America’s Best Value Inn, 809 Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, WI
  • Sep 24 at Howard Johnson Inn, 2101 North Mountain Rd, Wausau, WI
  • Sep 29 at Fox Valley Tech, 1825 N. Bluemound Rd, Appleton, WI

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