Order bans poultry at fairs and trades unfold in Wisconsin as bird flu concerns grow
MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Protection has issued a new order prohibiting the movement of domestic birds at all live events, including shows, exhibits and trades.
The order comes as the state continues to see cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in domestic and wild birds.
The order could have a major impact on upcoming dairy breakfasts as well as county fair season across the state.
The new order extends the poultry suspension to all domestic birds and will remain in effect until 30 days after the last detection of HPAI among Wisconsin domestic flocks. Domestic birds are defined as any avian species held in captivity, including poultry, ratites, pet birds and farmed game birds that have not been released into the wild.
A list of HPAI detections and dates can be viewed on the DATCP website at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/HPAIWisconsin.aspx.
Poultry owners are strongly encouraged to continue to practice strict biosecurity and, where possible, to keep their flocks indoors to avoid contact with wild birds. The DATCP also requires poultry owners to register their holdings. State law requires all livestock owners to register where their animals are kept, and registration helps animal health officials during disease outbreaks.
To report increased mortality or signs of illness in domestic birds, contact the DATCP at (608) 224-4872 (business hours) or (800) 943-0003 (after hours and weekends) . Reports can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.