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Ban on poultry lifted at Iowa fairs

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County fairs in the area are excited to welcome poultry exhibitors back to the barns.

As part of the battle with Bird Flu in the state last year, the Department of Agriculture banned all fairs from having a poultry show.

For many 4-Hers the county fair serves as the culmination of all the hard work put in throughout the year.

More than 30 million poultry were lost to the Bird Flu in Iowa last year, causing many 4-Hers like Chase Brockelsby and his pen of chickens to stay home from the fair.

"It was quite disappointing because for the poultry show there are quite a few people that come for that and last year there wasn't very many people at the fair. So it was just disappointing for me," said Brockelsby.

 Some counties like Linn used photos to allow 4-H members to still display their hard work.

 Although disappointing, the necessary ban became an opportunity for counties and parents to educate their young producers.

"Talked about the animals euthanized and what effects it had on the economy and those people's livelihood. We talked about how to prevent those types of diseases in our own herds," said Kevin Brockelsby, Chase's father.

 Now with the Bird Flu under control, 4-H is excited to welcome their many poultry producers back to the fair barns.

 After taking home Best in Show in 2014, Chase is ready to present this year's chickens to the judge.
  "Oh I am psyched," said Chase.
  "It was disappointing that Chase couldn't get the Grand Champion chicken again last year, so we will probably be there this year," laughed Kevin Brockelsby.

  In Black Hawk County alone, more than a 100 poultry entries were affected by the ban.


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