Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Youth Market Turkey Show

We are less than one week away from our annual registration for the Youth Market Turkey Show. If you are interested in participating you will need to fill out the registration form and return to me no later than 5 pm on Monday, February 28th. Registration will begin at 5 am on Tuesday, March 1. I realize this is a very quick turnaround but information just came out today. Last year the 300 slots filled up in less than 13 hours so it is crucial this information get back to me ASAP.


A few changes from previous years . . .

Beginning this year, there will be a $10 per person (not bird) poultry youth activity fee for this event. We hope you will understand this change. We have never had a budget to run this program and we need to find a funding source for all that goes on behind the scenes here year round to make this program happen.

The“Poultry Activity Fee” will include registration for one youth, up to three turkey poults and 6 pounds of feed from the feed mill. Raleigh has wanted to provide some starter feed for years and could not figure out a way to do this. They can now use some of this fee to purchase and make a ton of feed at our own NC State Feed Mill. This feed will be exactly what these birds need for their first few days to first week of life. They will provide a 6 pound bag per participant (basically 2 pounds of feed per poult) that will help ensure these newly hatched poults have proper nutrition for their first few days. They are aware that some folks already have feed and know exactly what to do upon receipt of poults. However, there are a large number that are simply not ready for the birds at pick up and are scrambling to find feed and are even unsure of what to feed in the beginning. They hope this addition of feed will help both the poults and your family as you adjust to this new fee.

Payments can be made in advance of pick-up (recommended) and at pick-up. They can not give out poults to those that have NOT paid the youth activity fee. They have included an explanation of the Activity Fee in case there were questions. If there are any other questions or comments please include these on the back of your registration form.

For more information you can visit the Turkey Show Website or contact the Extension Office.

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