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.
The Wisconsin Avian Quiz Bowl competition will be held on September 26th at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Portage, WI.
Advanced registration is due by September 1, 2015.
****PLEASE NOTE — 4-H ages are as of January 1 of the calendar year.****
The Avian Quiz Bowl will consist of 2-4 member teams. Teams will be quizzed on various aspects of poultry and eggs from hatching to management to cooking, competing against other teams in a game show format.
There will be both a Junior (under 14 yr) and Senior (14-18 yr) division. Senior division winners may represent the State of Wisconsin at the 4-H National Poultry & Egg Conference held in Louisville, KY.
Participants must be 4-H members.
The 4-H Avian Bowl Manual (4-H MANUAL 161) (2009 version) will be used for questions. It is available for $15 from:
Bulletin Room 96 Poole Agricultural Bldg.
Clemson, SC 29634-0129
Phone: (864) 656-3261
The following sections and pages have been selected as study materials for the 2014 National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference. The state event will use the same materials for questions.
|Avian systems (All)
|Small turkey flock management
|Breeds, Varieties and Strains (Continental and AOSB)
|Eggcyclopedia (Pickled eggs – Yolk)
|Raising your home chicken flock
|Factsheet: Contribution of poultry to the
development of science (All)
For more information, or to register, contact: Ron Kean 1675 Observatory Dr. Madison, WI 53706 608/262-8807 email@example.com.
More information can be found at: www.ca.uky.edu/national4hpoultry/AvianBowl.html
After examining several possible locations for the Youth Activity Day this fall, the WJPA has decided to hold the event at the Columbia County Fairgrounds (the same place as the usual Wisconsin International Poultry Show), on September 26th. Times and details about the contests will be forthcoming, so continue to check back at this site.
As a reminder, these are the events that will be held at the Youth Day:
Avian Quiz Bowl, Poster Contest, Photography Contest, Pullet Surprise, demonstration contest, and more.
On June 27th, the WJPA will host its annual picnic at Cluck the Chicken Store in Paoli, WI. More information coming soon.
Two new Wisconsin Avian Influenza outbreaks were discovered on April 22nd. In Jefferson county, a flock of 800,000 egg laying chickens is affected. A flock of 87,000 turkeys in Chippewa county also contracted the disease.
Read more about the Jefferson outbreak here.
Read more about the Chippewa outbreak here.
Below is an updated map showing the Avian Influenza outbreaks.