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.