Here are the Top 5 most popular articles and blogs at www.WATTAgNet.com for the week ending October 16.
The effectiveness of any biosecurity program is affected by what is in the program and whether the program is being followed. All it takes is one instance of a policy circumvented on a day that an infectious disease is waiting outside the poultry house door.
USDA epidemiology analyses indicate that the avian flu outbreaks in the US this spring resulted from 40 introductions onto poultry farms from wild birds.
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on October 13 awarded contracts to Harrisvaccines and Ceva to manufacture doses of avian influenza vaccine. This action is being taken to develop the agency's National Veterinary Stockpile, and does not signal a decision to vaccinate for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
It all depends who you ask, as they all have a say in this case: the animal, the producer, the renderer, the consumer. Let's examine each case more closely.
A bill limiting the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture in California was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on October 10. The new regulations outlined in the bill, SB 27, will take effect January 1, 2018.