Earlier this month, the State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) announced that all shows, public sales, swaps and exhibitions of poultry and other birds within the state were canceled as a precaution to reduce the risk of avian influenza exposure to North Dakota birds.

“The order applies to co-mingling birds from different locations at a single event or sale,” State Veterinarian Dr. Ethan Andress said. “Private sales, catalog sales and retail sales are allowed provided that birds meet applicable livestock sale and animal health requirements.”

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The use of online marketplaces is encouraged to showcase birds and avoid co-mingling.