Poultry Movement Ban Ends September 17 (AUDIO)

JASPER (NNDC) –  Poultry across all of Indiana can resume regular movements to shows and sales beginning this coming Thursday, September 17th.

Movement of poultry that allowed birds from different locations to commingle was banned earlier this year to protect Indiana’s poultry from potential spread of the H5 avian influenza virus. That meant many county fairs offered alternative activities to poultry shows.

Dubois County Purdue Extension agent Ken Eck says the ban lift means, its things return to normal for local poultry farmers…

Eck says September 17th marks 90 days since the last case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was identified in the United States and there’s been only one case of the flu in Indiana during that time…

Eck also says the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) voted to lift the ban in Indiana to allow normal movements to resume with additional recordkeeping to provide a way to trace any disease breaks, should HPAI return to Indiana.

Beginning September 17, bird owners are required to maintain records of sales and purchases (including trades/barters) to their flocks. This requirement brings poultry permanently under Indiana’s Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule.

The records need to be retained by the flock owner for 3 years and must include: names and addresses of buyer and seller, sale date, breed, sex, number of animals and reason for movement. Poultry species DO NOT have to be individually identified. But, if the birds do have identification such as a band, the identification needs to be noted in the poultry movement records. BOAH veterinarians may request the records in a disease investigation. These records must be kept, not provided to BOAH unless needed.

For more information about the record keeping requirement, including a free printable/downloadable sample record keeping sheet, visit the BOAH website at: www.in.gov/boah/2727.

Nationally, the 2015 highly pathogenic avian flu event has affected 223 farms in 16 states with a loss of 48 million birds. For more information on HPAI, visit BOAH’s website at: www.in.gov/boah/2390.


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