There will be a Youth Egg Show at the Wisconsin International Poultry Show again this year. The deadline to enter is September 1st, as usual. More information on entering can be found at this link: 2018 WJPA Egg Show Entry Form.
Please note that the class for decorated eggs has been changed. Contestants are now asked to decorate a half-dozen, instead of a full dozen.
Sponsorships for breed or variety awards at the Wisconsin International Poultry Show are due by May 1st. If interested in sponsoring, please visit this form: WJPA Best of Breed and Best of Variety Sponsorship (PDF)
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.
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
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 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.
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.
Today, we received news that the 2015 Stoughton Junior Fair Poultry Show has been cancelled due to Avian Influ