Barn Management
  The Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak may be taking a break, but is it over? Not as far as Dr.Helen Wojcinski is concerned. As the Manager of Science and Sustainability at Hybrid Turkeys, Wojcinski is still on guard. “Is this the new normal?” she asked delegates at a Poultry Industry…
October 22, 2015 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued an advisory to the Canadian poultry industry regarding the use of preventative biosecurity measures during the fall migration of wild birds.  READ MORE 
October 14, 2015 - A federal agency has awarded contracts to two companies to manufacture bird flu vaccine. But officials haven't decided whether to give the doses to poultry to protect against a disease that led to the destruction of 48 million chickens and turkeys this spring. The Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it…
September 21, 2015 - The USDA has approved the use of ventilation shutdown to cull infected birds should avian influenza strike again.  READ MORE 
  Given the experience British Columbia has had with avian influenza (AI), the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture (BCMA) is now trying to develop an early warning system for the disease. Because AI originates in wild waterfowl, BCMA environmental epidemiologist Michelle Coombe says the BCMA has started collecting and testing…
August 20, 2015 - The Department of Agriculture is hiring 90 veterinarians on one- and two-year appointments as part of the response to the avian influenza outbreak. READ MORE 
July 30, 2015 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has removed the final Avian Influenza Control Zone, located in the counties of Oxford and Waterloo, Ont. The quarantine on IP2 (infected premise #2) has been removed at the completion of the 21-day waiting period that followed the cleaning and…
July 20, 2015 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has removed the quarantines inthe first Avian Influenza Control Zone, which includes IP1, located in Oxford County, Ontario, upon completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed cleaning and disinfection of IP1 under CFIA oversight.The quarantine on IP3 has also been removed.…
June 16, 2015 - The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released an epidemiology report outlining its initial findings through June 5 about how highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was likely entering new premises during this period of time. After conducting investigations on…
June 16, 2015 - The Egg Farmers of Canada has committed $500,000 for avian influenza research to be awarded to and administered by the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University.   Given the significant impact that highly pathogenic avian influenza is having on the entire North American industry, the organization contacted…
  The H5 bird flu viruses crossing North America may be around for a while, avian influenza experts warn. The nesting season, which will see wild birds converge on breeding grounds in Northern Canada and Alaska, could further spread the virus in wild bird populations, and produce a new wave…
May 25, 2015 - It has been more than four weeks since the last Avian Influenza (AI) casewas discovered in Ontario.  The provincial feather boards in Ontario have planned a careful and gradual return to standard operations beginning this week, provided there are no new Avian Influenza (AI) incidents.With quarantines still in place…
June 2, 2015 - Hybrid Turkeys' Science and Sustainability Manager, Dr. Helen Wojcinski, has been speaking at various conferences and events on the topic of Avian Influenza (AI). The company has recorded a 30-minute video of Dr. Wojcinski's presentation and has made it available to anyone.  The video discusses popular questions…
May 8, 2015 - Two funding initiatives worth up to $1.58 million have been provided to help B.C. poultry producers re-establish their operations and mitigate the impact of future risks following an outbreak of notifiable avian influenza in the Fraser Valley this past winter. The funding will come from the…
April 26, 2015 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that a third poultry premise in Oxford County, Ont. has tested tested positive for H5N2 Avian influenza.This premise is in close proximity to the second premise identified with avian influenza (a broiler breeder farm) and is within the second control…

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