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The North Carolina Poultry Industry is Prepared

Troxler*All poultry owners are now required to register for an NCFarmID, no matter how many birds they own. This new requirement by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is being enacted to further protect NC’s poultry farms. Registration begins August 1st: http://www.ncagr.gov/ncfarmid/index.htm

As most people have read by now, HPAI, the current strain of bird flu has made it to 21 states. Although evidence of the virus has yet to be found on the east coast, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services have been busy planning ahead of a potential outbreak. The NCDA&CS spent time conferring with industry representatives, North Carolina State University poultry specialists and fair officials – opting to suspend all poultry and bird shows at any county fair, auction or swap meet from August 15, 2015 through January 15, 2016. To date, eleven other states have rolled out similar restrictions on public poultry shows and sales.

“There’s a significant likelihood that it will come to North Carolina,” State Veterinarian Doug Meckes said in a recent interview. Our state is the country’s fourth-largest producer of chickens for meat and is the third-largest producer of turkeys. This particular strain of bird flu hasn’t been found to affect humans and doesn’t affect food safety, but could have a tremendous impact on our state’s largest agricultural industry.

“North Carolina’s poultry industry appreciates the work of Commissioner Troxler and NCDA&CS in preparing the state for a potential outbreak of HPAI” shares Bob Ford, Executive Director of the North Carolina Poultry Federation. “While HPAI is a real threat for birds being raised by our members, it represents no threat at all to NC residents. We know there might be questions and concerns, and that’s why we want to make sure we help proactively share what’s going on to prepare for an outbreak. We will continue to help answer consumer questions on Feed The Dialogue NC as needed.”

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