The 2016 Pullorum Testing School Schedule has been posted.

Attached is the schedule and registration information for the 2016 pullorum schools. Three schools are held throughout Ohio for people ages 18 and older interested in becoming pullorum testers, or if current testers’ certificates are due to expire

Clickable link for dates/registration/locations/times/requirements —–> 2016 Pullorum School Schedule_Registration

Bi-State Youth Poultry Clinic

This clinic will be held in Wooster at OARDC, Fisher Auditorium, Saturday, April 2. Registrations are to be postmarked by Monday, March 21. We will be offering Poultry QA training for youth as one of the sessions. Youth completing the training will receive a certificate to take back to their counties. This may count for their QA training if their county permits them to receive that training outside of the county. The flyer is posted on the Poultry Events and Resources pages at www.ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/animal-sciences/poultry/

Clickable link for map/overview/topics/registration ——> 2016 Bi State Youth Poultry Clinic

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the Midwest for the second year in a row.

Dr. Mo El-Gazzar, Poultry Extension Veterinarian

On January 15, 2016, the USDA announced that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was found on a commercial turkey farm located in Dubois, Indiana. The case was confirmed on January 14.  Click link below for full PDF

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the Mid West for the Second Year in a Row

If your birds are suspected of having influenza, they will be tested at ODA’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL).


USDA Finalizes New Food Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the finalization of new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, as well as in raw chicken breasts, legs, and wings. Based on scientific risk assessments, FSIS estimates that implementation of these standards will lead to an average of 50,000 prevented illnesses annually.

Link to full press release

Printable Bird Flu Trifold

Here is a printable trifold with Bird Flu questions and answers for clients.

Noncommerical Poultry Trifold Final Website

Egg residue considerations during the treatment of backyard poultry

-this article appeared in JAVMA(Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association)Vol 247, No. 12, December 15, 2015   FARAD Digest. (Food Animal Residue and Avoidance Program) All credit to the authors. 


Numerous challenges are associated with the treatment of backyard poultry flocks. There are a limited number of drugs approved for use in laying hens in the United States, and the few drugs that are approved were designed for administration to birds in large commercial operations, which makes their administration to individual birds or a small number of birds tedious. Consequently, veterinarians often end up administering drugs to backyard poultry in an extralabel manner. Unfortunately, the extralabel use of most of those medications is hindered by the availability of only a limited number of pharmacokinetic studies on drug residues in eggs. This is compounded by the fact that owners of backyard poultry flocks are likely to consider their birds pets and are agreeable to or demand more complex treatment regimens than those traditionally used in commercial flocks. The purpose of the digest reported here is to provide veterinarians with summary background information on appropriate drug use in modern backyard poultry flocks.

Egg residue considerations during the treatment of backyard poultry 2015

HPAI found in flock of turkeys in Indiana

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2016 — The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana.  This is a different strain of HPAI than the strains that caused the 2015 outbreak.  There are no known cases of H7N8 infections in humans.  As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F kills bacteria and viruses, including HPAI.

Read the full release HERE

Ohio Department of Agriculture Lifts Bird Exhibition Ban


REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Dec. 17, 2015) – With no confirmed cases in Ohio and no immediate threat of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (avian flu) outbreak, Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels and State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey today rescinded the order prohibiting bird shows in Ohio. Officials urge poultry and bird owners, however, to remain vigilant and cautious in order to protect the health of their flocks during migration seasons. Please see the department’s fact sheet on precautions that can be done to prevent the spread of avian flu.

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See the entire press release HERE