Monday, November 24, 2014

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Poultry industry leader Jack England dies

Pork board may create National Swine Health Information Center

  • Andrea Gantz
    The National Pork Board will soon vote on a proposal to create a National Swine Health Information Center.
    From WATTAgNet:
    The National Pork Board will soon vote on a proposal to create a National Swine Health Information Center with funding from the Pork Checkoff. If realized the center would be used as a tool to implement industry preparedness for disease challenges that impact the swine industry. 
    The announcement about the proposal was made during the Iowa State University Swine Disease Conference by
    Harry Snelson, DVM, American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), and Craig Rowles, DVM, Elite Pork, announced the proposed center during the Iowa State University Swine Disease Conference.
    Snelson and Rowles said that the center, if approved, would be funded over a five-year period by a $15 million to $20 million investment by the Pork Checkoff.
    “A board made up of representatives from the National Pork Board (NPB), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and AASV will have the responsibility for setting the executive direction of the Swine Health Information Center,” Rowles said. “AgConnect, part of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases at Texas A&M, will work with the new Center to put geospatial data with potential disease outbreaks.”
    Rowles said the center would be used as a tool to help implement swine industry preparedness, enhance and supplement non-regulatory disease response and improve swine health management.
    The center, according to Snelson, would focus on global production diseases and would establish a mechanism for evaluating disease implications and prioritizing threats.

Avian influenza strikes in Netherlands, UK

  • Andrea Gantz
    The European poultry industry is on alert after avian influenza has been found in The Netherlands and the UK.
    From WATTAgNet:
    European countries are on alert after highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza has been found in a flock of layer and breeding hens in the Netherlands and a strain of H5 avian influenza at a duck farm in the U.K.
    The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reported that H5N8 avian influenza was detected at a farm in Hekendorp, Utrecht, The Netherlands, killing about 1,000 hens. An additional 149,000 susceptible hens were destroyed. The property is being disinfected, while movement control, screening and zoning procedures have been implemented.
    The cause of the H5N8 outbreak has not yet been determined.
    Meanwhile, a highly pathogenic avian influenza strain has been found on a duck farm in Yorkshire, U.K., reported Defra. The exact serotype of the avian influenza found at the duck farm has not yet been determined. However, the British Poultry Council (BPC) reported that the source of the outbreak appears to be migratory birds. The property is being disinfected and protection and surveillance zones have been set up.
    “Wide and ongoing surveillance of house and wild birds in the U.S., particularly susceptible waterfowl species, is key. We hope this outbreak has been quickly contained. Avian influenza is a disease of birds and the risk to the general public is judged by health experts to be negligible,” said Andrew Large, BPC chief executive.

Poultry groups voice opposition to waters of US rule