Order Lifted Regarding Live Bird Exhibitions

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today (Fri) announced that the order that canceled all live bird exhibitions at fairs and other gatherings of birds due to avian influenza has been lifted.

The order was put into effect on March 23rd, and is now lifted since it has been 30 days since the USDA has confirmed a new infection of bird flu in domestic poultry in the state of Iowa. The most recent bird flu case in Iowa was confirmed on May 2nd.

All poultry exhibitions and sales must be registered with the Iowa Department of Agriculture at least 30 days before the event. The application for registered poultry exhibitions and sales is available online.

Since March, bird flu has been confirmed at 19 poultry sites across Iowa, including four in Buena Vista County, which affected commercial turkey and chicken flocks. A commercial turkey flock in both Cherokee and Sac Counties was also affected.