Avian Influenza and Biosecurity – 2020

Recently, there has been an outbreak of avian influenza (AI) in turkey flocks in the southeastern United States.  This case was considered highly pathogenic.  In response to this outbreak, a great deal of time and effort will be spent quarantining and testing adjacent flocks, and flocks testing positive are depopulated. This virus does not discriminate […]

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Southwest Wisconsin Poultry Processing Cooperative Formed

A group of Southwest Wisconsin poultry producers was awarded a Value Added Producer Grant through the USDA Rural Development Program in September of 2018. This is a planning grant with a 100% match, says Gene Schriefer, Extension Ag Educator for Iowa County that has been helping to organize the producers. We have several farmers in […]

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Upcoming Contest Opportunities for Youth

Attached is information for two poultry-related contests youth may be interested in.  The writing contest is not necessarily limited to 4-H youth, but the quiz bowl is.  RK     31st Pullet Surprise Contest Information  2017_avian quiz bowl

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Youth Poultry Contests

Youth who are interested in poultry are encouraged to enter these contests.  The Avian Quiz Bowl is open to 4-H members and will be held on Sept. 24, 2016 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Portage, WI.  Information and registration forms are here:   2016_avian quiz bowl  2016 quiz bowl registration   The Wisconsin Junior Poultry Association is also […]

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AVIAN INFLUENZA – A GOOD TIME TO TIGHTEN BIOSECURITY

Recently, there have been several confirmed reports of avian influenza (AI) in poultry flocks in the United States and Canada.  Some of these have been highly pathogenic, causing a high percentage of mortality in affected flocks.  In response to these outbreaks, a great deal of time and effort must be spent quarantining and testing adjacent […]

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PREPARING FOR WINTER

Winter can be a difficult time for a small flock of chickens.  There are several things you can do for them that will make it a little less of a struggle for both you and the chickens. Water is the most important concern for chickens.  They will generally drink about 2 pounds of water (about […]

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