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2020-06-30: Fair cancellation update

June 30, 2020

The fairs listed below have now been cancelled.  Also see the 5/25 and previous announcements to see fairs that have previously been cancelled.

2020-05-28: No 2020 Avian Bowl State Qualifier, No 4-H National Poultry and Egg Conference

May 28, 2020

Dr. Bradley announces that there will be no 2020 Avian Bowl State Qualifier

Nor 4-H National Poultry and Egg Conference

       The National Poultry Specialist Committee held a Zoom meeting to decide the future of this year’s 4-H National Poultry and Egg Conference.   For all the reasons listed in the press release below (plus many more), it was decided that the National event could not go on.   Given there will be no National Contest this year and for the same myriad of reasons, I am cancelling the already postponed California State Avian Bowl Qualifier.

2020-04-29: Current Status of 2020 Fairs and Expositions in California

April 29, 2020

There has been no blanket decision about the implications of COVID-19 on our Fair season.  As of April 27, the following Fairs have published their 2020 status as shown below.   The information is divided by month (May, June, and July) and the fairs listed alphabetically within each month. 

Dr. Bradley

2020-03-20: Decision to Postpone 2020 Avian Bowl Qualifier

March 23, 2020

     I am sure you all understand that we all need to follow the CDC, State of California, and UC guidelines during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Therefore, the Qualifier scheduled for this April, is postponed.

2019-12-21: vND positive in LA County pet store

December 22, 2019

Urgent: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019 - just confirmed - vND positive in a Los Angeles County pet store.  Please note: this is another commercial property.  It is NOT a backyard flock.  It does NOT involve game fowl.  Please know that the virus does not care the breed of chicken, nor who the owner is.  EVERYONE must work together with the highest biosecurity, to stop the spread of this disease.

                 -Dr. Francine Bradley

2019-12-20: More confirmed vND cases in southern California

December 21, 2019

At this writing, the number of confirmed vND cases in southern California, continues to increase.  Our State Veterinarian, Dr. Annette Jones, “strongly advises postponing all poultry shows in high risk areas OUTSIDE of the current vND regional quarantine, particularly those in the Central Valley of California.”

2019-11-25: New virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) cases in San Bernardino County

November 25, 2019

Unfortunately, November has seen the detection of 3 new cases of vND.  The cases involved 2 backyards and one retail store (feed and pets).   “Good job” to the backyarder who contacted a veterinarian when the home flock became ill.

We will never get out from under the quarantine, as long as new cases continue to pop up.   Most people are doing a good job following directives.  Please spread the word and keep reminding fellow backyarders to obey the quarantine and practice the best biosecurity possible.

-Dr. Francine Bradley

2019-09-13: 4-H Showmanship Manual information

September 13, 2019

Note: new pathway for downloading free copies of 4-H Poultry Showmanship – National Standard, go to:

     Click on 4-HYD

     Then click on 4-H STEM

     Next click on 4-H Raising Animals

     Finally, scroll down to the Showmanship Publication

2019-08-30: Posivite vND in San Diego

September 01, 2019

A positive vND flock in San Diego County was confirmed.   PLEASE obey the  Quarantine orders.   Even if you are outside the Quarantine Area, practice the highest levels of biosecurity.

      -Dr. Bradley