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USDA Updates National Poultry Improvement Plan Program Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards to finalize provisions for compartmentalization of primary breeding poultry establishments to protect against disease. Compartmentalization is defining a specific group of animals that are maintained under strict biosecurity and health standards, and therefore have a … Continued

H7N1 Low-Pathogenic Avian Influenza Confirmed In Texas

On March 12, 2018, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) announced that routine, pre-slaughter testing and surveillance for H5/H7 avian influenza had detected H7N1 low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in a commercial broiler breeder flock in Hopkins County, Texas. Partial HA sequencing determined the H7 to be a low-pathogenic virus of North American wild bird … Continued

Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza H7N1 Confirmed In Commercial Turkey Flock In Jasper County, Missouri

As part of routine, pre-slaughter testing and surveillance for H5/H7 Avian Influenza, H7N1 presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) was detected in a healthy commercial meat turkey flock in Jasper County in southwestern Missouri, based upon H7 PCR and antibody to H7 and N1; further characterization is pending virus recovery. There have been no clinical … Continued

Researchers Identify Parasitic Eyeworms As Cause For Quail Die-Offs

Scientists working on the largest quail disease study ever undertaken in the U.S. believe they have identified a major culprit behind previously unexplained die-offs of wild bobwhite quail. Led by the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, “Operation Idiopathic Decline” set out to determine whether disease, parasites, toxins or other factors were causing mysterious and sometimes … Continued

Experts Watch Wintering Waterfowl For Signs Of Avian Influenza

Cold weather in portions of the United States has produced large concentrations of wild waterfowl in a number of areas, including Maryland—where an aerial survey counted more than 1 million waterfowl in tidal tributaries of Chesapeake Bay. That figure is well above the state’s five-year average and a red flag to producers of gamebirds, chickens … Continued

In Light Of New Regulations, Building a Relationship with a Gamebird-Savvy Veterinarian Is Worth the Effort

The January 2017 implementation of Veterinary Feed Directive regulations administered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) brought changes for livestock farmers including gamebird producers. Among the changes, VFD-designated drugs could no longer be used for enhanced growth or feed efficiency, or purchased over the counter. Besides changing the way many drugs are used, … Continued

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