Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair Requires New Avian Flu TestingTue, 25 Aug 2015 16:24:50 CDT
Poultry exhibitors will be paying higher fees to show this year because of the Avian Influenza outbreak. Exhibitors of the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair in Fort Smith will need their poultry tested for the disease and have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
With concerns over the cost of testing for 4-H and FFA members, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has developed a solution. Dr. Rod Hall, State Veterinarian of Oklahoma said the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Laboratory have agreed to lower their Avian Influenza testing fee to $10 per test. The labs require at least a week for testing.
The lower testing fee only applies to poultry going to the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair. The event will be held September 25 - October 3, 2015.
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