An anonymous survey for all poultry producers is being conducted through the local Purdue Extension offices statewide.
Primary benefits of the survey are about security and protection should Avian Influenza ever strike in Indiana. Data collected will be used in a computer model to estimate how Avian Influenza might spread should the disease enter the state.
Dr. Mickey Latour, Extension poultry specialist of Purdue University's Animal Sciences Department received a grant to conduct the survey that includes a free bag of feed for those who participate.
One record's the county on the form but otherwise one's identity is concealed to all other than the local Purdue Extension Office would know that one submitted the survey so we can get your free bag of feed to you in May.
Anyone with small poultry flocks should be encouraged to complete the survey. There are no specifics for age requirements for respondents, but it would be suggested that a young person involved with the poultry enterprise would be participating in the survey with the supervision of an adult. In other words, parent/guardian and child, their responses would be on one completed form and submitted.
Answer the questions to the best of your ability. Questions are related to the types and number of birds, buying and selling practices, dead bird disposal, equipment practices, and other movement of poultry related tools.
The survey form is available for download at www.extension.purdue.edu/clay (see left menu list). We will also try to get the forms out to some of the area feed dealerships.
Local 4-H members in the poultry project area will receive a copy of the survey in the mail. The local office can also mail you a copy (see phone numbers below). Return your form to the local office marked ATTN: Poultry Survey. Remember to add a note indicating your name, phone number/email, and address so locally we can contact you to let you know your free feed arrived. Also list the type of feed you would like, layer, broiler, turkey, etc.
The address for the Purdue Extension Office in Owen County is 180 S. Washington St., Spencer, Ind., 47460 while Clay County folks can mail their form to 6656 N. State Road 59, Brazil, 47834.
There are a limited number of bags of free feed statewide, so it is important to move early on this survey. The deadline for submitting completed surveys to the local office is Friday, April 25.
You can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 829-5020 Ext. 14 in Owen County or 448-9041 in Clay County for more information or publication copies regarding this week's column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. Please call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While most publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time.
March 13 Ag Day Dinner, Brazil, 6:30 p.m.
March 14-15 Lawn & Garden Show, Greencastle
March 15 Get Ready, Get Set, Go Garden, Terre Haute, 8 a.m.
March 17 Wheat Workshop, Spencer, 9 a.m.
March 17 Owen County Ag Day Dinner, Fairgrounds, 6:30 p.m.
March 18 Renewable Energy Grant Workshop, Rockville, 11 a.m.
April 2 Starting a Community Kitchen, Indianapolis, 8 a.m.
April 7 IBEP Pen Request Due
April 8 Bi-State Forestry Workshop, Beef House, 6:30 p.m.
April 12 Sheep Shearing School, Greencastle, 9 a.m.
April 17 IBEP Bull Sale, Springville, 6 p.m.
April 24 Starting a Specialty Food Business, Indianapolis, 8 a.m.
April 30 Fish Cleaning Workshop, Bloomington, 6 p.m.
May 1 Fish Cleaning Workshop, Crawfordsville, 6 p.m.