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Good Morning, please see the announcement from USDA of virulent Newcastle Disease in a backyard flock in Los Angeles County, CA
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2018 - The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County, California. It is important to note that the presence of the disease is not a food safety concern. This is the first case of virulent Newcastle disease, previously referred to as exotic Newcastle disease, in the U.S. since 2003.
No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred from eating poultry products. Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat. In very rare instances people working directly with sick birds can become infected. Symptoms are usually very mild, and limited to conjunctivitis and/or influenza-like symptoms. Infection is easily prevented by using standard personal protective equipment. SEE LINK BELOW FOR THE REST OF THE ARTICLE….
Please continue to "Defend the Flock" here in Kansas by practicing good biosecurity.
If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your birds please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Health Division at 785-564-6601.
Sara McReynolds, DVM, MPH, PhD
Assistant Animal Health Commissioner
Kansas Department of Agriculture
1320 Research Park Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502
Office (785) 564-6792
Mobile (785) 473-6774
Our newsletter Heartland News is published bimonthly. The deadline for the July-August issue is August 10 That issue will be mailed August 26.
I could use some pictures, articles, hints, and coming events to put in the next newsletter. I have done the newsletter for 32 years and I am running out of ideas and information to keep the newsletter informative and relevant.
If you took pictures at the auction, email them as a jpeg attachment to me at email@example.com I need some new pictures for the Craigslist advertising and this web site.
One of the items discussed at the meeting of the Board of Directors on March 16 was the director vacancy for Oklahoma and other southern states. Ted Golka moved that the amendment to Articles VI, VII, and VIII of the Constitution be changed, LaDonna Lickteig seconded the motion which passed. Roger Graham, Ted Golka, and I worked on the wording of the proposed change:
“The positions of Director from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and other southern States and Director from Colorado and states west of the Mississippi, excluding directors from Kansas, Missouri and states east of the Mississippi River, would be eliminated and would be replaced by 2 (two) Directors-at-Large. All Directors are to be elected by the membership at a regular election. If a vacancy occurs, the position will be filled by the Board of Directors.”
Amendments to Article VI, VII, and VIII of the Constitution were approved 9/14/90. The President appointed a committee of five members to work out details of how the six directors would be chosen. The decision was made to elect directors on the basis of membership. Kansas got two directors because of the many members residing in Kansas, Missouri got one director, one director represented members living in Iowa and states east of the Mississippi, one director represented members living in Colorado and states west of the Mississippi, and one director represented members living in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and other southern states.
This proposed change was printed in the May-June NL & will be printed in July-August newsletter. If you have comments or concerns, contact one of the directors. Your concerns will be considered when the Board votes on the proposed change at their meeting in September. Simply stated the proposed change means Kansas would have 2 Directors, Missouri would have 1 director, & Iowa and states east of the Mississippi would have 1 director, and 2 Directors-at-Large would be elected from the entire membership regardless of where they reside.
It is time to hold an election for the Board of Directors. Currently there is NO director for Oklahoma & other southern states, The future of HOAGBA depends on having a Board to make decisions affecting our activities, etc. If you are interested in running for the Board, I can email you the application. The ballot will be printed in the July-August NL so ballots can be counted at the Board meeting in September. Will HOAGBA fail to have an election because people are too busy or not interested in keeping the organization going?
There are 6 elected positions on the Board of Directors. Currently, I have received 5 completed applications.
I need 6 members who have email and know how to enter data on Craigslist to help me get information about the auction listed in 27 different cities: area 1: North Platte, NE, Omaha/Council Bluffs, Des Moines, & Cedar Rapids; area 2: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Fayetteville, & Fort Smith, AR; area 3: St. Louis, Southeast IA, Western IL, & Lincoln, NE; area 4: Pueblo, CO, Colorado Springs, Wichita, & Northwest KS; area 5: Springfield, MO, Joplin, SE Kansas, & Kirkville, MO, area 6: Salina, Manhattan, Lawrence, and Topeka. I will do Columbia/Jeff city, St. Joseph, & KC, MO. I will email you a file which you can cut and paste as well as information about the zip code, location, etc. In addition to posting the original file, consignments will have to be updated at least once. Give me a call or email me if you can help with this job. I hope all those members who volunteered to help with this job in the spring will do it again in the fall. They did an excellent job.
As those of you who have used the Game Bird & Waterfowl pages, there have been some changes made in the last year. The following information explains some important changes being made at http://www.gbwf.org
Basic information about GBWF access and registering:
Registration is free.
Registration is not a requirement in order to access or view the website or any of its 400+ web pages.
Registration is not required to view the following three subjects within the forums; Forum Access & Membership, GBWF Website Announcements & Updates, or Club Corner Introduction.
Registration is required to gain access to the private rooms and remainder of the forums. These include the Tailgate/Swap/Events forum, Aviary Design forum, Incubation & Hatching forum, Buy/Sell/Trade forum and much more.
Premium Memberships are available for folks to buy/sell in the classified section, but that’s not the focus of this website. There’s more info on the website about donations and memberships if interested.
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