From WATTAgNet:

See what poultry-related news stories and blogs on were during the month of April.

1. Kentucky has second avian flu detection

Kentucky has reported its second case of low pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza. Dr. Bradley Keogh, Kentucky deputy state veterinarian, said in an April 4 telephone interview that the virus was found a flock of about 2,700 free-range layers.

2. Avian flu is part of the new poultry world

After the U.S. lost 42 million birds, avian influenza may be here to stay and biosecurity needs to be reinforced with greater investment. 

3. BLOG: The impact of 'pet parents' on poultry welfare

Terrence O'Keefe: The U.S. layer industry is following in the footsteps of the European layer industry on the path away from conventional cages for housing hens. This conversion is coming about largely as a result of the lobbying of major retail and foodservice egg purchasers by animal welfare/rights groups. 

4. Sanderson, House of Raeford reach processing agreement

Sanderson Farms has signed an agreement to process chickens grown by House of Raeford Farms at Sanderson Farms’ new poultry plant in St. Pauls, North Carolina .

5. BLOG: Slower-growing broiler advocates intensify pressure

Roy Graber: Chicken quick service restaurant chain Bojangles' was the target of a recent protest from The Humane League, which is putting pressure on Bojangles' to source only slower-growing broilers.

6. Top US poultry company plant locations available

WATT PoultryUSA is publishing a list of locations of broiler and turkey plants in its 2017 Top Poultry Companies Survey in an interactive map and a downloadable file.

7. Infographic: GAP broiler standard commitments

Companies in the restaurant and foodservice sectors are increasingly changing their policies concerning the sourcing of broiler chickens, making pledges to source only slower-growing broiler breeds that are raised according to the Global Animal Partnerhip (GAP) standards.

8. More avian flu found in France as depopulation continues

Among European countries, France has been the worst hit by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the current season.  

9. Tyson promotes Ramsey to president, poultry operations

Tyson Foods has promoted Doug Ramsey to president of poultry operations, overseeing the company’s poultry business units.

10. 14 biosecurity principles to prevent poultry disease spread

There are 14 biosecurity principles and management practices that will prevent the introduction and spread of infectious diseases on poultry farms.