Ag Fair poultry checkup required

Ag Fair poultry checkup required

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All poultry more than 16 weeks old by the beginning of the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair on August 16 must be given a salmonella pullorum test before they can be entered, according to Eleanor Neubert, fair manager.

Representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) will be on the Island July 23 and 24 to conduct the test at no cost, and they will make house calls. The test may also be conducted by a licensed, federally accredited veterinarian, according to a press release.

The owners of all tested flocks are issued certification of their clean status by MDAR. This certification should accompany birds that are purchased and sold. Proof of the certification is required before fair entries will be accepted.

For scheduling purposes, requests for testing should be made no later than Wednesday, July 18. The MDAR cannot guarantee that requests received after July 18 will be accommodated. Contact Alex MacDonald at the MDAR to setup an appointment at 617-872-9961 or by email at alex.macdonald@state.ma.us.