Ohio Department of Agriculture lifts bird exhibition ban

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 Tony Forshey today rescinded the order prohibiting bird shows in Ohio.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.

“Farm Bureau will continue to work with its poultry industry partners on the proactive steps these producers have taken, including improved bio-security measures, which have kept the avian flu from taking hold in our state,” Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher said.

For more information read the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s full statement.