Avian Influenza News

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Avian Influenza Update: HPAI Moves South and East

November 27, 2023

Time to double check biosecurity protocols....

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Bird Flu Costs Pile up as Outbreak Enters Second Year

April 18, 2023

The ongoing bird flu outbreak has cost the government roughly $661 million and added to consumers’ pain at the grocery store after more than 58 million birds were slaughtered to limit the spread of the virus....

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New York Department of Environmental Conservation Announces Confirmed Outbreak of HPAI

April 05, 2023

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus affecting the Reynolds Game Farm pheasant population....

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HPAI Prevention and Preparedness

February 14, 2023

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...

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Biosecurity Plans – Why are we Still Talking About Them?

February 14, 2023

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...

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Grief in the Gamebird Industry

February 14, 2023

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...

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Avian Flu Outbreaks to Continue into the Fall Take Steps Now to Protect Your Preserve or Farm

January 11, 2023

This past week, the NAGA Health Committee heard a sobering report on the prospect for more outbreaks of avian influenza this fall and winter. Based on a map of where the disease has been found across the country, it’s a near certainty there will be more impacted poultry businesses, including gamebird businesses, as migratory birds...

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Gamebird Spotlight Live: Protecting Yourself During Avian Influenza

January 11, 2023

Avian Influenza is here, it’s real and it affects both farms and clubs. What can you do to protect your farm while dealing with suppliers and guests? Join NAGA President Peg Ballou on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 P.M. EST to discuss options as related to the NAGA Code of Conduct. Peg will also address...

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Avian Influenza Detected at Oak Ridge Pheasant Ranch

January 11, 2023

NAGA Board member and former president Tim Zindl has asked the association to let the membership know that he received confirmation on Friday, November 5th of highly pathogenic avian influenza in pheasants on his farm, Oak Ridge Pheasant Ranch, in Watertown, Wisconsin. After receiving many calls, emails and texts from people who had heard about the...

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NAGA Works to Help Gamebird Businesses Survive the AI Storm

January 11, 2023

As more gamebird businesses are affected by avian influenza, several NAGA Board members have been asked what the organization is doing in response. The Past Since the outbreaks in 2014-2015, NAGA created the Secure Upland Gamebird Supply Task Force to create the Secure Upland Gamebird Supply Plan (SUGS), which provides assurances to state veterinary officials on the...

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Spotlight on New Orleans: Hunting Preserves and Avian Influenza

December 21, 2022

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...

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HPAI Found in Eastern Nebraska Gamebirds

October 01, 2022

USDA APHIS has confirmed an outbreak of HPAI on a gamebird farm in York County in Eastern Nebraska. More information can be found on the USDA APHIS website. NAGA continues to provide information to help members prepare for an outbreak. For example: It’s essential to have an approved biosecurity plan to be eligible for indemnity. Record...

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Avian Influenza is Still Alive in Wild Birds and Western U.S.

August 11, 2022

A Note From NAGA: It’s long been thought that avian influenza isn’t a concern during the summer when the temperatures are higher. We’re now learning that’s not always the case. NAGA has been encouraging hunting preserves and gamebird producers to be prepared, even during the summer months, by ensuring biosecurity plans are in place and,...

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Tips to Mitigate HPAI

April 16, 2020

On April 9th, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) confirmed highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in South Carolina. Click HERE for tips on spotting infections early, preventing exposures, and the importance of communicating biosecurity protocols to everyone on your farm or preserve....

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Study: Gene Editing to Control Avian Influenza

June 07, 2019

Gene editing may be able to help control the avian influenza virus in the future, according to the results of newly released research. On June 4, 2019, the Roslin Institute, an animal research institute at The University of Edinburgh, announced scientists used gene-editing techniques to stop the virus from spreading in chicken cells grown in...

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APHIS Proposes Updates to Avian Influenza Regulations

December 07, 2018

Updates to virus elimination flat rate for egg layer barns, egg storage and processing facilities....

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Conditions for Payment of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Indemnity Claims

August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018, Washington D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is issuing a final rule outlining the conditions under which USDA will pay indemnity to farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). It includes updates to USDA’s February 2016 interim rule. This final rule does three...

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Experts Watch Wintering Waterfowl For Signs Of Avian Influenza

March 07, 2018

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...

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State Veterinarian Releases Avian Influenza Control Zone

April 14, 2017

The Tennessee state veterinarian has released the control zone surrounding two Lincoln County poultry farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The statewide poultry health advisory is also lifted, and poultry owners can now resume regular activity. “We have determined through extensive testing that HPAI has not spread to other poultry flocks in our...

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U.S. Animal Health Association Backs NAGA Secure Gamebird Supply Plan

November 04, 2016

The U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) passed a formal resolution supporting the North American Gamebird Association’s Secure Upland Gamebird Supply Plan. Drafted at the USAHA’s recent annual conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, the resolution reads: “The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) supports the current funding from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and...

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Pennsylvania Ag Secretary Reminds Producers Biosecurity Measures Are Still Needed

April 08, 2016

Harrisburg, PA - Despite few highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) reports in early 2016, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reminds poultry producers of the need to remain vigilant and practice good biosecurity measures. Having sound biosecurity protections in place are among the best preventative measures producers can take to protect the state’s $13 billion poultry industry, he said....

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Minnesota Wild Bird Testing Yields Few A-I Answers

March 08, 2016

A year after deadly avian influenza hit Minnesota, testing of more than 6,000 wild birds has yielded little insight into the role, if any, that waterfowl and other species played in the outbreak. As the state Department of Natural Resources plans to scale back testing efforts, state poultry growers urge continued vigilance, including testing different species of wild birds and using different methods, such as testing blood instead of droppings....

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USDA Requires Farms To Have Biosecurity Plans In Place To Qualify For Indemnification

February 10, 2016

Effective February 9, 2016, a biosecurity plan must be in place to allow a farm to be indemnified for losses due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. This is an emergency rule put in place by the USDA. These actions are being taken in an effort to solidify policies surrounding the payment of indemnity and further strengthen biosecurity adherence at poultry operations....

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University Of Minnesota Study Questions Link Between Farm Field Tillage And Avian Influenza Outbreak

January 30, 2016

A new study just released from the University of Minnesota says farmers tilling fields near turkey barns may have fueled the spread of last spring’s avian influenza outbreak. According to the study, soil in the tilled fields may have been contaminated with the droppings of migrating birds believed to be a source of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza....

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Preparing for the Worst: Steps to Take In Case of an AI Outbreak

April 28, 2015

The Health Committee of the North American Gamebird Association has been meeting each week to exchange and provide information on the latest outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H2N5). We’ve been cranking out a steady dose of tips on how to prevent and protect an outbreak from occurring on your place. But what should you be doing to be ready in case you suspect you have an outbreak on your farm?...

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Dealing with the Worst: 5 Steps to Take When You Suspect Avian Influenza

April 28, 2015

Despite major efforts by poultry facilities in the central United States, incidents of highly pathogenic influenza continue to be confirmed. It is simply a fact that despite taking every precaution, your farm may still be exposed to this virus that is lethal to most birds, and to your bottom line. In the worst case scenario, quick action can still save you money, and provide the greatest opportunity for reimbursement for losses....

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Water Fowl, Water, and Avian Influenza

April 23, 2015

Wild ducks continue to be the top suspects for new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) that have occurred in the western and central United States. While migrating waterfowl may not be responsible for the spread of the disease within small regional areas, the large distances between outbreak areas continue to lead experts in the field to believe that wild ducks are the most likely carrier....

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Avian Influenza Resources

March 26, 2015

As members of the North American Gamebird Association, we must be watchful of the resurgence of high-path Avian Influenza on the North American continent. This page provides information and resources you should monitor and research frequently to stay informed about the disease, its location and what you can do. It would be impossible to gather and present all information regarding to Avian Influenza in one location. The links at the bottom of this page will hopefully give you a good start on information yourself. This page has been marked so it is visible for members only. If you know someone that needs access to this information, please encourage them to be come an NAGA Member today....

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Insuring Poultry Flocks In Case Of Catastrophic Disease

January 27, 2015

Funding was included in the 2014 Farm Bill to determine the feasibility of insuring poultry producers for a catastrophic disease event. As you know, USDA has offered crop insurance for many years - but never for poultry. Part of the required research is gathering input from those that might be involved or interested. Watts and Associates (W&A) of Billings, Montana was hired to do this research. Meetings are scheduled in the following locations: Atlanta GA 1/26, St. Cloud MN 2/3, Modesto CA 2/10, Lancaster PA 2/12....

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NPIP: Helping You, The Poultry Breeder, Prevent Disease

March 20, 2013

TheUS Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service coordinates the NPIP program to coordinate State programs aimed at eliminating pullorum from commercial poultry. Pullorum disease can also affect turkeys, ducks, guinea fowl, pheasants, sparrows, quail, geese, pigeons, and doves. Many NAGA members run hatcheries that are Certified by NPIP as having a Pullorum-free breedeer flock....

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