AVIAN INFLUENZA

Avian Influenza Found in Mexico

The World Organization for Animal Health reports that highly contagious H7N3 avian influenza was confirmed Thursday at a farm in west-central Mexico. The virus was discovered in a flock of 15,000 birds that had been vaccinated and did not show any clinical signs of the disease, according to agriculture officials in Mexico. Reuters reports that the farm is under quarantine …

National Poultry Improvement

Notice of Determination of Changes to the National Poultry Improvement Plan Program Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards. In a previous notice, the Agency proposed changes to the NPIP Program Standards document to establish new biosecurity principles and to update some testing procedures. The notice was available for public review and comment for 30 days.  No comments …

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Agri View: Avian Flu is Costly and Scary

  Everett Griner talks about avian flu strikes in the U.S. once again in today’s Agri View.   You just mention the words avian bird flu and it sends a jolt through the veins of poultry farmers. There is 2 cases that have been reported in Tennessee this year. The affected area has been under quarantine. Nearly 75,000 chickens have …

USDA Seeks Nominees for American Egg Board

USDA Seeks Nominees for American Egg Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the American Egg Board for the 2018-2019 term. Any non-exempt egg producer within the 48 contiguous U.S. and the District of Columbia may be nominated. Egg producers owning 75,000 or fewer laying hens may request an exemption from participation in the egg …

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A Better Way to Pasteurize Eggs

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist and his colleagues have developed a technology that rapidly pasteurizes eggs and could sharply reduce the number of illnesses caused each year by egg-borne Salmonella bacteria. The device invented by David Geveke, a chemical engineer at the ARS Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Research Unit in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, uses radio frequency (RF) waves to …

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Southern Region Broiler Hatchery Eggs Report

Broiler-Type Eggs Set and Broiler-Type Chicks Placed Hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 222 million eggs in incubators during the week ending April 15, 2017. This is up 3 percent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week in the United States was 83 percent. Broiler growers in …

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Order Rescinding the Prohibition of Poultry Exhibitions and the Assembling of Poultry to be Sold Issued

After weeks of extensive testing of both commercial and backyard flocks within the surveillance zones established in Alabama, there has been no new detection of avian influenza. Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan, in consultation with state veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier, officially rescinds the Order Prohibiting Poultry Exhibitions and the Assembly of Poultry to be Sold in Alabama*. This …