WJPA members voted for new officers and on two showmanship-related questions. The new WJPA officers are:
President: Nathan Thompson
Vice President: Elsbeth Hamilton
Secretary: Brody Jones
Treasurer: Alec Edstrom
Historian: David Thompson
Members voted “Yes” on both showmanship questions issues. Now, members can accumulate Advanced Showmanship wins (working toward the necessary 5 to become a WJPA showmanship judge) not only by winning Advanced Showmanship but also by winning Supreme Showperson at the Wisconsin State Fair. Additionally, members working on the Poultry Master A.C.E. program level can serve as showmanship judges.
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 WJPA still has six 2016 calendars for sale for $15 each. The calendars contain photos from our 2015 Photography contest; dates for poultry shows, swaps, and other events; poultry facts; and more. If you want to order one, you can get the Jones family contact info in this document.
From Mrs. Gromacki:
Congratulations to Sydney and Shelby Tone, Stoughton, WI., winners of the 2015 David Lefeber Citizenship Award for Service.
Sydney captured the top honors with 78 hours of dedicated service. Shelby, a close second, performed 76 hours. The sisters created the present WJPA website and took an active leadership role in the development of educational poultry seminars for their county 4-H, as well as the Wisconsin Junior Poultry Association.
Sydney and Shelby have promoted Avian Influenza awareness and serve as biosecurity spokespersons for poultry youth. They were instrumental in the creation of the WJPA Youth Day in Portage as part of their response to the Avian Influenza quarantine.
Note: A Hi-Point Youth Exhibitor is not being named this year due to the quarantine. Save you 2015 points and add them to this coming year’s total.
Since there were no Wisconsin club shows this year due to the Avian Influenza outbreak, please this year’s county fair and state fair (open show only) results and add these points to next year’s numbers to compete for the 2016 High Point Exhibitor Award.
The Year-End Service Award (known as the David Lefeber Citizenship Award) will continue as usual. Using the form on this website (WJPA Youth Service Score Sheet (PDF)), send your service hours by December 31, 2015 to:
27225 Ketterhagen Road
Burlington, WI 53105
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (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.
Advanced showmanship has been held at three major shows in Wisconsin in the past: Coulee, Wisconsin International, and Beaver Dam. Once exhibitors acquire five advanced wins, they can receive a showmanship judging coat and be allowed to judge showmanship at WJPA events. Unfortunately, this year, Avian Influenza has cancelled those three shows mentioned above, drawing advanced win accumulation to a halt.
Fortunately, we were just told today by Mrs. Gromacki that winning Supreme Showmanship at the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Poultry Show this year is going to count as an advanced win. All exhibitors who compete in showmanship at the State Fair are eligible for this award. All you have to do is win your age category and hope to be selected.