National Poultry Show changes dates to avoid spring migration season

Organizers of the National Poultry Show at London, Ontario have decided to permanently move the event to an earlier time of year to avoid coinciding with the spring wild bird migration season.

The Canadian poultry industry event, which dates back to 1957, has historically taken place in early April.

However, it has been cancelled each of the last three years. In 2020 and 2021, it was called off due to COVID-19 shutdowns, and in 2022, the show was cancelled due to the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The show was also cancelled in 2015 due to an HPAI outbreak.

Organizers have decided to hold the 2023 show on February 8 and 9 at the Western Fair District Agriplex at London.

“Going forward, it is anticipated that the show will be moving permanently to an earlier date, with organizers currently working on scheduling for the next few years,” they say.

The National Poultry Show is a partnership between the Poultry Industry Council and the Western Fair Association.

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