Russia is facing numerous biosecurity problems, as African swine fever (ASF) challenges the pig industry, poultry farmers battle bird flu, the first outbreaks of nodular dermatitis hit cattle farmers, and venison breeders combat anthrax.
Farmers and food producers need to stay up-to-date on current legislation after UK government restrictions to tackle an outbreak of bird flu were extended to protect the food chain, says AmiVet Exports.
A total of 250,000 chickens will be culled on a farm in Moscow Oblast, due to an outbreak of the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (AI) H5N8, according to Russia’s sanitary body Rospotrebnadzor.
The first US finding of avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock this year was reported by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on Saturday, January 24.
With the H5N8 strain of avian influenza reaching poultry farms across the globe, GlobalMeatNews has mapped the spread of the listed disease throughout 2014 in order to give you a visual picture of where the outbreaks have been located.
Two samples from wild ducks around the area of Kamerik, Woerden, in the Netherlands, have tested positive for a highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza, Rijksoverheid.nl confirmed in a statement last night (1 December).
Highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks have been reported in the UK and the Netherlands over the past couple of days, following an outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in Germany earlier this month.