Wisconsin Junior Poultry Association’s “2018 Year of Appreciation”
Is there a special adult in your life who has contributed significantly to your poultry experience? The WJPA would like to recognize these exceptional people on Saturday, September 29th, at the WIPC Portage Show.
Nominate the person(s) of your choice. All nominees will be recognized. One very special nominee will be presented with our “2018 Year of Appreciation” Award.
Selection will be made by a committee designated by the WJPA, using the following criteria:
- Number of nominations a person receives-40% of overall score.
- Content of paragraph explanation-60% of overall score.
There will be a Youth Egg Show at the Wisconsin International Poultry Show again this year. The deadline to enter is September 1st, as usual. More information on entering can be found at this link: 2018 WJPA Egg Show Entry Form.
Please note that the class for decorated eggs has been changed. Contestants are now asked to decorate a half-dozen, instead of a full dozen.
Sponsorships for breed or variety awards at the Wisconsin International Poultry Show are due by May 1st. If interested in sponsoring, please visit this form: WJPA Best of Breed and Best of Variety Sponsorship (PDF)
If interested in applying for the David Lefeber Citizenship Award or the High Point Exhibitor Award, you must submit all necessary material to Mrs. Gromacki by December 31st. Forms for both awards are available under the Forms section of this website or at the following links:
2017 WJPA David Lefeber Citizenship Award Scoresheet
2017 WJPA High Point Exhibitor Scoresheet
Would you or your 4-H group like to promote your favorite breed or variety by sponsoring an award at the Wisconsin International Youth Show? Show dates are September 23-24, 2017, at Portage, WI. Sponsors can be listed in the show’s premium book and you can personally present the award if you wish.
If interested, you can find the Sponsorship Form here, or on the Forms page.
Entry forms for the WJPA Egg Show and for the Educational Poster Contest have been posted on the website in the Forms section. Both contests will be held at the Wisconsin International Poultry Show on September 24th, 2016. If entering, pay attention to the entry deadline, September 1st.
The Pullet Surprise contest has been updated this year. You can find the form with rules and entry information here.
Two important changes to note:
- Exhibition Poultry: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow writing topic is new
- A Collection of Poultry Wit: 3 original poultry jokes, riddles, or words of wisdom writing topic has also been added
If you’re interested in obtaining birds for this year’s shows or have birds to sell, be sure to attend the Watertown Pigeon Club Annual Pet Swap on February 27, 2016. For more information on the swap, go to this link: http://www.watertownpigeonclub.8m.com/rich_text.html
Mr. Laatsch has allowed us to place four great educational articles of his on this website. To check them out, go to the educational articles section.
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.