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2020-10-14: New Contest deadline extended

October 14, 2020

Please note that the New Contest (announced in the October Newsletter) deadline has been extended from October 15 to October 22.

2020-10-02: Avian Science Notes October Newsletter

October 02, 2020

University of California - Cooperative Extension                                               

October 2020                                 

NOTE:  The NEW CONTEST deadline has been extended until Thursday, October 22.


The Avian Science Notes Newsletter (current and back issues) written by Dr. Francine Bradley,

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