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Beaver Dam Poultry Show Entry Reminder

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.

WJPA Egg Show and Poster Contest Entry Forms

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.

Updated Pullet Surprise Contest Information

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:

  1. Exhibition Poultry: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow writing topic is new
  2. A Collection of Poultry Wit: 3 original poultry jokes, riddles, or words of wisdom writing topic has also been added

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.


New 2015 Youth Contest: Egg Demonstrations

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.

Location for WJPA Youth Activities Day

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” at Wisconsin State Fair Junior Poultry Show

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.

Stoughton Fair Poultry Show Cancelled 4 Days Before Show

Today, we received news that the 2015 Stoughton Junior Fair Poultry Show has been cancelled due to Avian Influ

WI State Fair Open Poultry

For those who are interested, the Wisconsin State Fair Open Poultry Show online entry deadline is June 24th.You can find more information here. The show will take place at the same time as Junior Rabbits.

Unlike the Junior WI State Fair Poultry Show (for which the entry deadline has passed), the Open Show can be entered by anyone, youth or adult. You don’t even have to live in Wisconsin. Youth exhibitors who show there can earn lots of High Point Exhibitor points, as well as bring home cash prizes and other awards, like plaques or banners. The Wisconsin State Fair Open Poultry Show is one of the only poultry shows occurring this year in Wisconsin due to Avian Influenza concerns, so if you’re anxious to show birds, it might be a good show  choice.

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.

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