BISMARCK – The State Board of Animal Health has rescinded the temporary ban of poultry events and exhibitions, effective immediately. This ban was first enacted as animal health officials responded to cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) across the state this spring. It was extended in June as cases continued and officials felt these types of poultry events could pose a risk of HPAI transmission. With the warmer summer weather and bird migrations slowing around the state, the risk of HPAI spreading in the environment has decreased. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring shares, “We understand the challenges our small and large poultry producers faced this spring. Rescinding the ban provides an opportunity for our youth and backyard flocks to once again participate in activities and public sales.”
State Veterinarian, Dr. Ethan Andress reminds producers, “While the threat of HPAI has diminished, we ask poultry enthusiasts and producers to remain vigilant as the virus is still present and causing sporadic incidents across the country.” The North Dakota State Veterinarian’s Office recommends that people continue to use good practices and follow biosecurity guidelines. People with sick poultry on their premises should contact their veterinarian and not participate in these types of activities. Sick and dead wild birds can continue to be reported to North Dakota Game and Fish at https://gf.nd.gov/wildlife/diseases/mortality-report. A positive diagnosis in the state will trigger a reinstatement of the ban.