Canada’s poultry industry can sympathize with farmers in Asia and Europe who have been hit by multiple outbreaks of avian influenza.
Since the first
outbreak little more than two months ago, South Korea has lost more than 30
million chickens and ducks and about $830 million, France has had more than 80
outbreaks with another one this week near Niort, the Irish Farmers Association
is calling on a ban on all visits to poultry farms to supplement biosecurity
measures that already are in place after another outbreak in Wexford County
last week, a flock of chickens and ducks was hit by H5N8 in Wales, Scotland
recorded its first case of the same strain and England found avian flu in wild
birds in Somerset, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire.
farmers in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia were devastated twice and
Ontario lost two turkey and one broiler breeder chicken flock last year.
Far more worrisome
for Ontario’s poultry industry were strict quarantines and virtually no
visitors allowed on poultry farms.