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HPAI Prevention and Preparedness

By Abby Schuft, Associate Extension Professor and Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Prevent Biosecurity The very first steps to preventing an introduction of HPAI are to have a biosecurity plan and use it. Many gamebird farms and hunting clubs have not been required to have biosecurity plan audits because the lower number of birds they … Continued

Biosecurity Plans – Why are we Still Talking About Them?

By Abby Schuft, Associate Extension Professor and Extension Educator, University of Minnesota As the nation has watched Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) hit state after state, it’s evident HPAI is going to be here longer than anyone would like. All avian industries, including yours, have to shift and take biosecurity to the next level as … Continued

Grief in the Gamebird Industry

By Peg Ballou, NAGA President Our association has been rocked with news that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has landed at some of our largest farms and oldest hunt clubs. What we’ve been dreading has come to pass. Amazingly, I’m still hearing that some of the clubs and farms we personally supply don’t yet have … Continued

Date Change for 2024 NAGA Annual Convention – Orlando

The 2024 NAGA Annual Convention will still be held at the Holiday Inn Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, but the dates have changed. The conference will now be held January 22-24, 2024. Registration will open July 1, 2023 at NorthAmericanGamebird.com. “We’re excited to return to Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs for next year’s convention,” explained … Continued

Save The Date: 2023 NAGA Hunting Club Conference

NAGA’s 2nd Annual Hunting Club Conference will be held in Manhattan, Kansas, at the Bluemont Hotel. The conference will take place July 17-19, 2023. Registration will open for the event on March 1, 2023 at NorthAmericanGamebird.com. “This is a great location for the conference,” said NAGA President Peg Ballou. “With Kansas State University’s gamebird management … Continued

Spotlight on New Orleans: Hunting Preserves and Avian Influenza

During the 2014-2015 avian influenza outbreaks, there was very little focus on the impact of the disease on hunting preserves and clubs. Fortunately, no gamebird business tested positive for the disease during that timeframe. Unfortunately, this led many to falsely believe pheasants could be immune. The current avian influenza outbreak has directly impacted the gamebird … Continued

Convention Registration

Several NAGA members have reported problems registering though the NAGA website. This is due to transition issues with the website as NAGA moved from one website management company to another. To register for the convention, please contact NAGA Executive Director, Rob Sexton at (614) 531-4426 or at rob@northamericangamebird.com. Rob will help you get registered, buy tickets … Continued

Spotlight on New Orleans: NAGA Convention Features NPIP Head

NAGA is excited to welcome Dr. Elena Behnke as one of the featured speakers for this year’s convention at the Astor Crowne Plaza French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 6-8, 2023. Dr. Behnke is the Senior Coordinator for the National Poultry Improvement Plan with the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection … Continued

Spotlight on New Orleans: Jam-Packed Agenda/Jam-Packed Fun

With the NAGA Convention just two months away, we’re highlighting the business and fun of meeting in the Big Easy. NAGA’s agenda is jam-packed with informational experts in their field. Among those presentations is one that’s sure to be an important topic with hunting preserves and gamebird farms – avian influenza indemnity. The number of … Continued

Spotlight on New Orleans: Pricing Birds in a High-Inflation Market

Included in the agenda for the NAGA Annual Convention (February 6 – 8, 2023) is a presentation essential to maintaining the profitability of your business. The current high-inflationary market has impacted all aspects of the gamebird industry, from labor and fuel to feed. Unless you build these cost drivers into your pricing model, you risk … Continued