There’s going to be no exhibitions nor auctions of live animals this year. Everything is canceled and the Iowa State Fair won’t be held either this year. This is in response to the worsening bird flu infecrion condition.
The cancellation was issued by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. All auctions and exhibitions and “bird gatherings” are cancelled immediately. It will be in effect all through the remaining years of 2015.
The Iowa Turkey Federation and Iowa Poultry Association both came up with recommendations that all bird expos and convocations be called off due to avian influenza.
“Some 4-H’ers will be disappointed that they won’t be able to exhibit their poultry projects at fairs this summer, but we’re exploring alternate learning opportunities to offer them at fairs and will share more details as plans develop,” said Iowa State University Extension 4-H Livestock Specialist Mike Anderson.
“No human infections of the virus have ever been detected and there is no food safety risk for consumers,” the statement said.
There were more than 60 locations and over 25 million birds affected by the very deadly avian influenza as of Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
Iowa is the number one egg producing state in the US and one of the top ten turkey raisers in the country.