There is a shortage of the pullorum antigen used to test all poultry (except turkeys) for Pullorum-Typhoid disease. If the birds you exhibit at the county Fair or Minnesota State Fair originated directly from an National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) classified Pullorum-Typhoid Free hatchery or flock, this issue will not affect you.
If not, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MN BAH) exhibition rules require a test within 90 days of the exhibition. Because MN BAH does not plan to waive the testing requirements at this time, we are trying to preserve what antigen we do have and are encouraging the use of this Poultry Exhibition Statement of Origin form instead of pullorum testing birds if they originated from an NPIP flock or hatchery.
Additional information on the poultry exhibition requirements can also be found on the Boards website using the links provided below.
As a reminder, turkeys must still have blood collected and submitted to the lab for pullorum, Mycoplasma gallisepticum and Mycoplasma synoviae testing. If you have any questions, please let me know.