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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

NAGA Participates In USDA Poultry Sector Meeting

As part of the North American Gamebird Association’s longstanding commitment to promoting the gamebird industry, NAGA representatives attend a number of governmental and trade association functions each year on members’ behalf. For example, NAGA board of directors member Todd Laudenslager recently participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Poultry Sector Meeting in Washington, D.C. The … Continued

USDA And Tennessee Department Of Agriculture Confirm Second Case Of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Tennessee state veterinarian have confirmed a second case of highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza in a commercial breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. This H7N9 strain is of North American wild bird lineage and is the same strain of avian … Continued

Alabama State Veterinarian Issues Stop Movement Order For Certain Poultry

Alabama State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier in consultation with state Department of Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan has issued a stop movement order for certain poultry in Alabama. According to ABC News following a press conference March 14, Frazier’s stop-movement mandate prohibits show birds, poultry at auctions, exhibitions, and flea markets from being moved. Frazier stated … Continued

March 15 Deadline To Comment On APHIS Proposed Changes To National Poultry Improvement Plan Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invites the public to review and comment on proposed changes to the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards. The proposed updates would amend the Program Standards by establishing new biosecurity principles and updating some testing procedures. NPIP is a cooperative federal-state-industry mechanism for … Continued

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

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 … Continued

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