Avian influenza continues to be one of the most dynamic topics in the U.S. poultry industry. Here are three news developments concerning the virus that you should know:
1. U.S. poultry and egg exports hurt by avian flu – During the first half of 2015, U.S. poultry and egg exports have been down as a result of trade restrictions put in place over avian influenza concerns. The Foreign Agriculture Service reported that exports declined by about 14 percent when compared to the first half of 2014 as a result of those trade bans.
2. Iowa egg industry recovering from avian flu outbreak – The Iowa Poultry Association reports that the state’s egg industry is recovering from highly pathogenic avian influenza. The industry is focusing on ongoing engagement with government agencies, re-establishment of biosecurity and disease programs, and repopulation of flocks.
3. Wisconsin lifts avian influenza quarantines – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection released the final three quarantines that were imposed as a result of avian influenza detections. The final three control zones were located in Chippewa, Barron and Jefferson counties.
Bookmark the WATTAgNet avian influenza update page for current news and analysis concerning the virus and its impact on the global poultry industry.