Live Birds banned from Ingham Co. annual fair

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MASON, MI (WLNS) – You won’t be seeing feathered friends at this years 161st Ingham County fair.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will not allow any Avian flu species at the County Fair, this year.

About one hundred members between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in Ingham County’s Youth Poultry Show every year.

Executive director of the Ingham County Fair Sandy Dargatz says this year’s show will be judged using different means of showmanship.

“They still will be able to do interview judging, and do some educational projects have their barn on display, so they will have some pictures of their animals, and project books, and posters “, Dargatz said.

But what happens to the birds that have been raised?

Dargatz says the youth will bring their birds to a USDA processing plant on July 31st.

Birds will be graded and weighed by USDA standards.

The biggest change to this year’s show, is how the public can purchase those birds

“The birds will actually be processed prior to the fair, frozen and then be sold as a frozen product.” Dargatz said.

Dargatz believes The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the best decision to keep Michigan poultry safe.

“This is so smart on the part of MDARD to head it off at the pass and try to keep as many animals healthy and try to keep it from spreading.” Dargatz said.

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