By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Getting the cluck out

Bird shows canceled at Iowa fairs due to avian flu


March 31, 2022


Poultry show participants chat about their chickens at the 2021 O'Brien County Fair last July. Due to the ongoing threat of avian influenza, bird shows in Iowa have been canceled.

Feathers won't be flying this year at county fairs across Iowa – for now, at least.

Due to ongoing outbreaks of bird flu, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig last week issued an order canceling all live bird exhibitions at fairs and other gatherings of birds. The order also prohibits live birds from being sold or transferred at livestock auction markets, swap meets and exotic sales.

Naig's order began immediately and is effective for a minimum of 30 days, and until 30 days have passed without a confirmation of a new infection of bird flu in domestic poultry in Iowa.

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