Only Birds Tested June 29 Will Be Allowed to Exhibit at Bourbon County Fair

Poultry Testing for the Bourbon County Fair

There is a change to the procedure if you want to exhibit poultry at the 2018 Bourbon County Fair.

This change affects both 4-H and Open Class participants. All poultry animals (excluding waterfowl and pigeons which may be potentially shown either in 4-H or open class, must be pullorum disease tested prior to the fair. Testing will take place on Friday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds.

Only birds tested at this event will be allowed to exhibit at the Bourbon County Fair.

Pullorum disease is a somewhat rare disease, caused by bacteria, but easily spread from one bird to another.

The testing procedure itself is not new, but the testing date and time, (now prior to the fair) is. This change is due to the high cost and limited availability of the testing antigen.

A federal veterinarian will be on hand to test birds free of charge at this event.

You will receive paperwork at this testing event which must be brought back to the Bourbon County fair after 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 16, when you bring your poultry animals for exhibition.

If you have any questions about these changes contact Southwind Extension District Agent Christopher Petty at 620-223-3720 or by e-mail at c[email protected] su.edu

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