Fryer commission announces annual youth contest

March 11, 2004

CORVALLIS - The Oregon Fryer Commission's seventh annual Youth Pen of Fryers Contest will be held on Saturday, June 19, at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, and registration must be completed by April 8.

Oregon youth who are under 20 years of age as of June 19 are eligible to participate in the statewide competition, explained James Hermes, a 4-H educator with the OSU Extension Service and contest superintendent. The registration fee is $5.

On Saturday, May 8, contestants will be able to pick up 15 Cornish cross chicks to be used in the contest, Hermes said. The chicks will be at Dryden Hall on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

Contestants who do not want to raise birds can register for a chicken project category that does not including raising chicks, said Hermes.

The provided chicks will be the only ones accepted for judging, said Hermes. Information about how to raise them will be provided. Contestants will be required to grow the chickens for six weeks (the normal age for commercial fryers) and bring the best three to the Polk County Fairgrounds on June 15 as a "pen of fryers."

Birds will be judged on body weight, uniformity, defects, cleanliness, feathering and vigor, according to Hermes. Judges will be members of the broiler industry and OSU poultry students or faculty.

Prizes will include a total purse of $3,350 in savings bonds, as well as medals, rosettes, and ribbons for contestants through the top 10 in each category. The top three pens will receive trophies and prize money of $500, $300, and $200, respectively. Prize money for the top three pens in three age classes will be $100, $75, and $50.

The annual Oregon Poultry Olympics – which include games and activities for contestants – will be held during the judging and scoring. The Oregon Fryer Commission will provide a barbecued chicken lunch for contestants and their families.

Information about the contest and to receive a registration form contact Hermes at 541-574-6534, or by e-mail at James.Hermes@oregonstate.edu.

Information about the contest is available on the web at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/animal-sciences/ofccon04.htm.

The deadline for a new Pen of Layers category for the contest is now past, Hermes noted.

Author: Andy Duncan
Source: James Hermes