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2015 Livestock Feed Store Order Form

2015 Agri Science Experience at Eastern States Exposition

Eastern States National Ayrshire Show Two Year Old Futurity
To celebrate the 2016 World Ayrshire Conference presence at the Eastern States National Ayrshire Show held at Eastern States Exposition, we are introducing a Futurity Class for Ayrshire 2 year old cows. This futurity is open to any and all nominees, with no limits on the numbers of nominees from any exhibitor. This will be a great class to showcase your finest two year-old Ayrshires. We anticipate the 2016 Big E Ayrshire show to be one of the largest, deepest Ayrshire shows in years and encourage you to participate.

 

 Volunteers Wanted for Farm-A-Rama

New to Farm-A-Rama this year is an exhibit designed to educate and engage the public and young visitors on this year’s theme, to “Know Your Food Know Your Farmer.” Along with our new exhibit, volunteers will be needed to participate in three hour windows.

Volunteer’s will need to give directions and provide assistance to children who take the basket and gather eggs from under the clucking chickens in the hen house, dig potatoes from the potato field and pick apples from the apple trees in the orchard. In addition to assisting the children; apples, potatoes and eggs all must be restocked for the next group of kids coming in.

If you are interested in joining us to welcome our new exhibit, or are interested in helping out with another exhibit please contact Cindy Thompson at cindyvtdhi@aol.com or (508) 867-3824 or aginfo@thebige.com or (413) 205-5011.

Poultry Alert

March 19, 2015

 

Over the last few weeks there have been multiple identifications of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in multiple states. Both wild birds and domestic birds have been found to be susceptible. The states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas have had confirmed cases.

 

The current situation is believed to have resulted from bird to bird contact in the winter feeding areas of wild migratory birds and the subsequent seasonal movement of these birds along their normal migratory pathways. These normal migratory patterns could result in the introduction of HPAI on the East Coast, whether now or later.

 

The Department of Agricultural Resources, Division of Animal Health is taking this opportunity to alert veterinarians, producers, hobbyists and all other bird owners to this serious threat. MDAR recommends strict biosecurity practices to minimize contact between domestic poultry including waterfowl and wild birds and wild waterfowl.

 

Clinical signs of Avian Influenza in birds include: respiratory disease, coughing, sneezing, and snicking; decreased egg production; swollen heads; swollen or discolored wattles or combs; or sudden mortality. Flock owners in the affected states have reported sudden dramatic mortality increases in their flocks with no other apparent signs.

 

It is critically important that owners of flocks experiencing any of these clinical signs immediately notify their veterinarian or state or federal animal health officials. Prompt notification will assist in early detection of the pathogen and hopefully limit the spread of the disease.

 

The Division of Animal Health can be reached at 617-626-1795. Additional Information regarding Avian Influenza can be found at:

 

USDA-Avian Influenza – www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth

MDAR Avian Influenza – www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/animal-health/poultry/avian-influenza.html

National Turkey Federation – www.eatturkey.com

 

Results Now Available!

Thank you for a great year! We look forward to having you join us in 2015. Mark your calendars for Sept 18 – Oct 4.

Show results and photos are available by clicking here
To check out creative arts results, please click here
Wine results are here
Cheese results are here
Please note all results are posted as they are received.