on February 8, 2018
Research improving emergency poultry depopulation methods
Ventilation shutdown depopulation could be an effective technique for responding to disease crises. The US Poultry & Egg Association is funding research to better understand and improve the method.
During the 2014-15 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, the U.S. poultry industry learned that rapid depopulation stops viral replication on an infected farm and reduces the likelihood of further spread of the virus. However, it can be difficult to quickly and humanely euthanize large numbers of caged layers or…