Gregory Martin, poultry science extension educator, says all poultry operations should have a signed biosecurity plan, which will help farmers collect indemnity payments in the event of an avian flu outbreak.
In light of a new case of highly pathogenic avian flu in a wild bird in Alaska, Penn State avian pathologist Eva Wallner-Pendleton says it’s important for people to take the ongoing threat seriously and not relax biosecurity.
Two years after a deadly form of an avian influenza virus decimated poultry flocks across the United States, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded growers of the importance of maintaining biosecurity practices on their operations.
Last year’s outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest yielded plenty of lessons for poultry producers. USDA is incorporating those lessons into its planning for the next time it has to indemnify poultry farm owners following an outbreak. Chrislyn Wood, a veterinarian with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and Gregory Martin, a Penn State Extension poultry specialist, discussed how that will affect producers’ flock plans at a recent Penn State Poultry Health Seminar.
For the second straight year, Penn State's Poultry Science Club was recognized as National Club of the Year. Senior Josh Cassar was named National Member of the Year.
A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed this month in the state of Indiana serves as a warning to Pennsylvania poultry producers and small-flock owners that they ignore biosecurity measures at their own risk, according to a poultry specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
East coast poultry growers dodged the virus last year and they’re on high alert again. An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Indiana is the first sign of the bird flu in the United States since June last year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the pathogenicity of eight of the nine H7N8 avian influenza detections announced on Jan. 16. The turkey flocks have been confirmed as low pathogenic avian influenza, with additional testing ongoing for the ninth flock. These Jan. 16 detections were identified as part of surveillance testing in the control area surrounding the initial highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza case in that state, identified on Jan. 15.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of H7 avian influenza in nine flocks in southwestern Indiana. These new cases were identified as part of surveillance testing in the control area surrounding the initial highly pathogenic avian influenza case.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. This is a different strain of HPAI than the strains that caused the 2015 outbreak. There are no known cases of H7N8 infections in humans.
Late fall and winter are considered flu season, but not just for humans. Poultry specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences point out that the threat of avian influenza also is heightened at this time of year.
Penn State Extension and PDA released a new video outlining the important steps for poultry owners to create a farm plan that will minimize risks and be prepared for emergencies.
Penn State's Poultry Judging Team placed first in the nation at the 50th National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest held November 1-3 at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
Agriculture is the state's number one industry and the poultry industry is a major factor. Earlier this year an avian flu outbreak wiped out millions of birds in the Midwest. If avian flu hits Pennsylvania, the impact will be widespread, from a hike in your grocery bills to the production of next winter’s human flu vaccine, state agriculture officials said. Pennsylvania is among the nation’s top egg producers.
More than 48 million turkeys and laying hens in 21 states have died this year following an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza. As wild waterfowl, which may carry the virus, begin their autumn migration, Pennsylvania is in the crosshairs, and that has Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory on high alert.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a "Checklist for Self-Assessment of Enhanced Poultry Biosecurity" and training materials as part of ongoing preparation efforts for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
Information for Pennsylvanians about the biology of Avian Influenza ("Bird Flu") and recent outbreaks.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released two updated interagency plans related to the surveillance of avian influenza in wild birds.
Since December 2014, USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks. Here is information to help you be better informed and advise bird owners, especially about biosecurity, should the need arise.