It was reported last week that Avian Influenza was found in a poultry house in south central Tennessee. Then the news broke that a milder version showed up in Wisconsin. Delaware is already urging extra precautions.
As we wrote this there was no information from the WV State Department of Agriculture, West Virginia University or the WV Poultry Association as to preventive measures.
Perhaps by the time this issue of the Examiner is published there will be.
West Virginia was more than lucky two years ago, the last time bird flu hit this country, when 48 million birds were lost, mostly in the upper Midwest. Last year Indiana had losses of over 400,000 birds due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza or HPAI.
We can only hope West Virginia will once again get a pass on the bird flu which could decimate Hardy County’s main agricultural industry.
Please pay attention to any instructions that come from the authorities. It will be one of the best defenses we have in keeping the bird flu out of West Virginia, and in particular, Hardy County.
Looks like we have some competition down in North Carolina. That state seems to honor chickens even more than we do.
The folks in Rose Hill, NC, claim to have the world’s largest frying pan. It can cook 365 chickens at once. That’s a lot of fried chicken! And we don’t think we would argue their claim.
But it was the rest of the story that really tickled our funny bone. A member of Tarheel State legislature introduced a bill naming the Fayetteville Fried Chicken Festival as the state’s “official” fried chicken festival.
That’s all well and good, except Fayetteville apparently doesn’t have a fried chicken festival. The Fayetteville Observer couldn’t get a response requesting comments.
That is a bit different, to name something as official when it has never existed.
But chicken folks do strange things sometime and who knows, there may be a real festival by next year. After all, can’t have the elected folks look any worse than honoring a nonexistent event.
Here in Hardy County we have promoted a county chicken barbecue competition for years and no one has taken us up on it. Just think what a real taste test it would be to compare the Moorefield and Wardensville barbecue recipes and then add in Mathias, Bean Settlement and any other gatherings in the county that involve barbecued chicken. Might even have a category for individuals.
It’s still just a thought.
By the way, did the Legislature ever officially declare Hardy County as the Poultry Capitol of West Virginia? Maybe it’s time for that as well.