Pullet Surprise writing contest entries are all due by August 20th. More information on the contest can be found at this link: 32nd Pullet Surprise Contest Information (PDF) Don’t miss this great opportunity to get started in or to improve your current exhibition poultry flock!
Anyone wishing to enter the Beaver Dam Poultry Show needs to postmark their entry by September 30th. The show will be held on October 14th at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. Showmanship will be offered for all five age divisions and a WJPA meeting will be held, with guest speaker Jim Grober discussing getting started with pigeons. All are encouraged to enter and attend.
For more information on the show, as well as the October 15th poultry/small animal swap held in the same place, see the show catalog found here.
The WJPA and Wisconsin International Poultry Club picnic will be held this Saturday, July 9th, at 10:00am. Meet at:
Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area
N7725 Hwy. 28
Members are greatly encouraged to attend this educational, fun event.
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.
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 email@example.com, (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
WJPA members have thought of another fun poultry-related contest to hold on the youth activity day: an egg contest. Full information on the contest can be found here: WJPA Egg Contest (PDF). There are classes for regular eggs of various colors, as well as decorated eggs. The deadline is September 1st, so I advise interested competitors to enter soon! Eggs will be judged on September 26th at the WJPA Youth Activity Day.
This year, WJPA members will be able to compete in a new contest at our Youth Activity Day (which is replacing the cancelled Wisconsin International Poultry Show and all of its events): the Egg Demonstration contest. Rules and information can be found here. However, this is some basic info:
- There will be Junior and Senior age divisions
- Participants must register by September 1, 2015
- Contestants will compete by preparing and presenting egg dishes
- Senior winners will represent Wisconsin at the 4-H National Poultry & Egg Conference held in Louisville, KY.
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.
Just a reminder that if you intend to attend please reserve your free tickets here before June 22nd. Indicate the number attending from your family, bring a dish to pass and lawn chairs.
On June 27 the Wisconsin Junior Poultry Association will have a meeting at Cluck, The Chicken Store in Paoli. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the Wisconsin International Poultry Club, Inc. meeting. The schedule is:
10:30am-11:10am: Junior Showmanship Secrets for Success seminar by Sydney and Shelby Tone as part of their Poultry Master project work.
11:10am-12:00pm: Do It Yourself First Aid for Poultry presentation by Poultry Consultant Twain Lockhart.
12:00pm-1:00pm: Potluck lunch.
12:30pm-2:00pm: Wisconsin International Poultry Club summer meeting.