Illinois State Fair junior poultry exhibitors
will continue to have an opportunity to receive recognition and
premiums through a virtual poster competition. Rules and entry
requirements will be available at www.illinoisstatefair.info. To
allow time for junior poultry exhibitors to adapt to the new
format the Illinois State Fair will extend the entry deadline to
July 15, 2022.
“The Department works year-round to promote biosecurity for all
livestock producers. With the current situation, it remains
important for all of us to be responsible and protect against
the spread of avian influenza during the Illinois State Fair and
county fairs,” said Dr. Mark Ernst, IDOA State Veterinarian.
County fair 4-H junior poultry shows started the season with a
virtual format and will continue throughout the entire county
fair season. These shows allow youth exhibitors to demonstrate
through posters and/or virtual exhibition.
“It is our commitment that 4-H youth will still have an
opportunity to exhibit, win premiums, and get judged with their
4-H poultry project this year - it will just be in a virtual
manner which has proved successful in the early part of the
county fair season,” said Dan Jennings, University of Illinois
Extension 4-H Livestock Specialist.
The Department’s emergency rules took effect on April 5, 2022
and can remain into effect up to 150 days. The emergency rule
prohibits the sale or exhibiting of poultry and poultry products
at swap meets, exhibitions, flea markets, and auction markets in
Illinois to prevent the spread of avian influenza.
Flock owners, managers, or veterinarians should report any
unusual findings in domestic poultry such as increase in
mortality, decrease in water consumption, decrease in egg
production, or respiratory signs including coughing and sneezing
immediately to the IDOA at 217-782-4944 or the USDA at
For more information regarding Avian Influenza, including links
to the USDA’s websites and biosecurity tips, please visit IDOA’s
website at Alerts and Important Animal Health Information -
Animal Health and Welfare (illinois.gov).
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