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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.


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, (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

WI Poultry Club Shows Cancelled; Fairs Continue Mostly as Planned

In a June 10, 2015 order, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection shutdown all poultry shows and swaps that are not a part of a county, district or state fair. The Summary Letter states:

1. Banning the movement of poultry to, or participation in, any swap meets or open shows in Wisconsin that are not held as part of a county, district, or state fair.

2. Prohibiting the movement of poultry to, or participation in, any county, district, or state fair, or open show or youth show held as part of a county, district, or state fair in Wisconsin, unless the exhibitor provides and the organizer obtains, reviews and maintains for one year, and makes available to the department all of the following information:

a. The exhibitor’s name, address, and phone number.

b. If the poultry were kept in Wisconsin, or a state utilizing the federal premises identification system, address and premises code number of the location at which the poultry were kept by the exhibitor. If the poultry were kept outside of Wisconsin in a state that does not use the federal premises identification system, the state-issued location identification number of the location at which the poultry were kept by the exhibitor.

c. Certification from the exhibitor that within 10 calendar days immediately prior to moving the poultry to the event there have been no poultry mortalities on the premises where the poultry were kept. Poultry mortalities caused by intentional slaughter, predator or accident do not apply.

More information can be found here.

Note that poultry exhibitions at county, district and state fairs will continue
with the additional documentation requirements.

Indiana Limits Bird Movements; Cancels Poultry Shows

Wisconsin exhibitors hoping to show in the nearby states of Minnesota, Iowa, and now Indiana, will be out of luck for the remainder of 2015. On Wednesday the Indiana State Board of Animal Health issued an order prohibiting all bird movements to public events.

“To protect Indiana’s poultry from potential exposure to H5 avian influenza virus, the members of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) have ceased all bird movements to events in the state that allow commingling of birds from different locations. This includes shows, exhibitions and public sales (such as flea markets, swap meets, sale barns). This prohibition will stand until further notice, likely through the end of 2015. The action does not apply to private sales between individuals.”

Wisconsin’s last reported case of Avian Influenza was on May 4th. So far, no official word from DATCP on whether poultry shows will be affected. From their website:

“As the avian influenza situation in Wisconsin begins to stabilize, DATCP is suspending the daily briefings and will issue updates when the need arises.”

Iowa Cancels Poultry Shows; Juneau County Ends Quarantine

Wisconsin exhibitors hoping to attend some Iowa poultry shows this year will be disappointed. As a result of having over 60 farms and 25 million birds impacted by Avian Influenza, Iowa authorities have issued an order to cancel all poultry exhibitions for the remainder of the year.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced an order to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, and other gatherings of birds due to avian influenza. The Department’s order begins immediately, is effective through the end of 2015, and also prohibits live birds from being sold at livestock auction markets, swap meets and exotic sales.

More information on the Iowa cancellations can be found here.

However, there is some good news from Wisconsin: The quarantine in Juneau County, WI has been lifted.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced today that, after extensive surveillance & testing for avian influenza, the quarantine zone within 6.2 miles (10 km.) of a farm in Juneau county has been released. There have been no new detections of HPAI in the county since the original incident in April affecting a flock of backyard birds.

However, the ban on poultry shows and swaps within the county remains in effect until May 31, 2015.

Unlike many of our neighboring states, the rate of new AI infections has stopped in Wisconsin. The last reported case of AI in Wisconsin was on May 4.

Avian Influenza Cancels MN Shows for 2015

Because some of you show in other states, I wanted to let you know that, due to the Avian Influenza outbreak, all Minnesota poultry shows have been cancelled for 2015. That includes both open shows, county fairs, and the Minnesota State Fair.  Other Minnesota poultry gatherings have been restricted, as well.

According to Dr. Beth Thompson, assistant director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, the cancellations will help prevent the spread of the disease “by not allowing the birds to be comingling [sic].”

Read more about the cancellations here and here.

Minnesota is one of 15 states currently dealing with Avian Influenza outbreaks. Over 33 million birds have been infected, with nearly 6 million birds infected in Minnesota alone.

At this point it is unclear as to whether Minnesota exhibitors will be allowed to show at Wisconsin shows this year.

On a brighter note, no new Avian Influenza cases have been reported in Wisconsin for over a week.

Avian Influenza Update

As of May 6th there have been 10 reported cases of Avian Influenza in Wisconsin this year: 5 in Barron County, 1 in Chippewa County, 3 in Jefferson County and 1 in Juneau County.  The latest cases were reported on May 4th, bringing the  total number of chickens, turkeys and hatching eggs affected to 1,765,008.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), all affected flocks have been depopulated, their remains composted, and the facilities quarantined. Transportation of birds to swaps and poultry shows continues  to be restricted in the affected counties.

Daily Briefing Reports from the DATCP can be found here.

Avian Influenza Concern Cancels Coulee Poultry Show

The first club poultry show of the 2015 Wisconsin season has been cancelled. According to a posting on the CRPC website:

A special meeting was held April 30, 2015 [by the Coulee Region Poultry Club] to discuss the current status of the H5N2 avian influenza outbreak in Minnesota and Wisconsin. After considering the counties and farms affected and the current and potential quarantines in effect, the membership decided it would be in the best interests of the club and participants to cancel the June 6th CRPC poultry show.

Their decision comes as avian influenza spreads to more flocks throughout the country. According to the United States Department of Agriculture website, as of April 30 over 15 million birds have been depopulated in 13 states. No new infections have been discovered in Wisconsin since April 28, when a 108,000 bird turkey flock in Barron County was inspected.

We recommend that you continue to practice high levels of bio-security at your coops.

Third Flock in Barron County Hit with Avian Influenza

On Tuesday, a 108,000 bird turkey flock was found to be infected with avian influenza in Barron County, Wisconsin. This makes a total of 7 facilities in the state with infected flocks in the last 15 days: 3 in Barron County, 2 in Jefferson County, and 1 each in Chippewa and Juneau Counties. Upwards of 1.3 million birds have been affected.

A ban on poultry movement to shows, exhibitions and swap meets in Barron, Chippewa, Jefferson, and Juneau counties remains in effect, according to the WI DATCP.

Wisconsin is on the eastern edge of the Mississippi Flyway, a heavily traveled path used by migratory waterfowl. These waterfowl are thought to be the primary carriers of avian influenza.

The risk of additional outbreaks is expected to decrease once the major migrations are complete and the daytime temperatures warm up above 70-80 degrees. Let’s hope for warm weather!

In the meantime, continue to practice good bio-security on your flocks, and restrict visiting other flock locations. #wjpanews

Two New Avian Influenza Outbreaks

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.

Updated Map of Reported Avian Influenza

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