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Poultry Ban Information

2015 Ban has been lifted as of December 17, 2015. 

Ohio Department of Agriculture News Release

Sidney Daily News December 17, 2015 News Release

Prior 2015 Ban Information:
As you can read in the press release below, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has issued a statewide ban on all poultry exhibitions.  This includes all junior fair and open shows and exhibitions, and all other gatherings of birds for show or for sale, including auctions and swap meets.  While exhibition at a county, independent or state fair is a highlight for many young people and their families, we also know completion of project record books, engagement in specific learning opportunities, and completion of skillathons and other activities are what make the 4-H project a meaningful and complete educational learning experience.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Press Release - June 2, 2015

OSUE Press Release - June 2, 2015

Statements by Dean McPheron and State 4-H Leader Tom Archer

CDC Health Advisory - Bird Infections with Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N2), (H5N8), and (H5N1) Viruses: Recommendations for Human Health Investigations and Response

Avian Influenza & Biosecurity - Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar

Ohio Department of Agriculture - Animal Health

Biosecurity - Ohio Poultry Association

Ohio State Fair Junior Poultry Show Plans Announced

Ohio State Fair Poultry Skillathon Record Book Information

Ohio Department of Agriculture - Frequently Asked Questions re Bird Show Cancelations June 17, 2015
      -Meat Inspection Contacts
      -Meat Inspection Establishments

Ohio State is Helping Protect Valuable Poultry Industry from Deadly Avian Flu  October 1, 2015

We have developed some documents and materials that can be of assistance to you as you create new alternatives for your 4-H members.

Poultry Exhibition Cancellation Guidance

Exhibition Alternatives

County Exhibition Alternative Documents  (Click here if you want to learn ideas from other counties)

County News Releases