2017 Rabbit and Poultry Fair Exhibitor Mandatory Meeting
All individuals planning to exhibit rabbits and poultry at the 2017 Lincoln County Fair are asked to attend a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Level Assembly Room at the Lincoln County Service Center at 801 N. Sales Street in Merrill.
Rules and expectations will be explained and discussed, along with a drawing for locally donated chicks (which will be picked up at a later date from the individual breeders). The drawing will be for any youth in 4-H and FFA enrolled in the Poultry project.
Prior to the Mandatory meeting, beginning at 6:00 p.m., there will be a meeting for any youth in 8th grade or older who is interested in becoming a Poultry or Rabbit Committee Junior Representative. Rules and expectations will be explained and discussed, and candidates nominated for the positions (2 for Rabbit, 2 for Poultry). Voting will take place during the Mandatory meeting.
Following the meeting, 4-H and FFA youth who are interested in participating in the 2017 “Sandy’s Sale” are asked to stay for an informational meeting to get started in this program. Sandy’s Sale is held on Sunday during the Lincoln County Fair, and is an auction for market chickens, ducks and geese, and market rabbits. 4-H and FFA members that have an interest in becoming a part of this program have an opportunity to sell quality animals, learn how to do quality work in selecting, feeding, raising, and showing their project, and learn about running a small business.
If you have any questions please contact Mary Ineichen at 715-921-4506 or Cindi Christiansen at 715-218-7649.
Veterinary Feed Directive Changes Beginning January 1st
Beginning January 1, 2017 medically important antibiotics in feed will no longer be available to use for growth promotion on any farm of any size. Medically important antibiotics are used by dairy, livestock, and poultry but are also important to human health. Under this new rule, called the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), you will need direct veterinary supervision if these antibiotics are used to prevent, treat, or control specific diseases. The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program FYI site, fyi.uwex.edu/youthlivestock/vfd, has more information on the VFD rule and how it will affect youth producers.
For information about opportunities beyond Lincoln County for poultry project members visit the State Poultry Project website.
You will also find additional information about the 4-H Poultry and Rabbit projects on the project pages of the Wisconsin 4-H website under Animal Sciences. Information found here includes a listing of 4-H literature for each project, statewide events and additional resources.