There will be no poultry show at the Delaware County Fair or any other county fair in Iowa this summer due to the bird flu outbreak. Iowa Department of Agriculture officials on Thursday prohibited all live bird exhibitions at fairs, as well as all live bird sales at livestock auctions and swap meets. The order lasts through the end of the year. While there have been no bird flu cases reported in Delaware County or the surrounding area counties, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says it’s important to take every step possible to limit the spread of the disease.
Northey says this spring’s bird flu outbreak is unprecedented. Iowa has more than 25 million birds and more than 60 farms infected with the H5N2 virus.
The order also means no chickens or ducks at the Iowa State Fair this summer. State Fair Manager Gary Slater says they support the decision, though it’s disappointing for the both the exhibitors and fairgoers.
Other states are expected to take similar steps, including Minnesota and North Dakota.
(Audio courtesy of Radio Iowa)