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Avian flu is part of the new poultry world

By Alec Gerry | April 17, 2017


After the U.S. lost 42 million birds, avian influenza may be here to stay and biosecurity needs to be reinforced with greater investment.

“No news is good news”. Chad Gregory, President and CEO, United Egg Producers, opened his presentation at the International Egg Commission (IEC) Business Conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco with these simple words describing the fact that there are no new reports of avian flu in the U.S. in the last few weeks.

In summation, since the 2014-2015 outbreak in the U.S., a total of 42 million birds were lost (36 million laying hens and between 5 million and 6 million pullets). The cost for the U.S. poultry industry was $1 billion for depopulation, disposal, and cleaning and disinfection.

“It was something we never want to repeat in the U.S.,” Gregory said.

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