Welcome to the Kewaunee County Poultry Project.
Poultry owners urged to increase biosecurity efforts
MADISON, Wisconsin – Animal health officials with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are urging all poultry owners, regardless of size, to increase biosecurity efforts now that two strains of avian influenza have been found in the Mississippi flyway. This comes after a highly pathogenic (H7) strain was found in a Tennessee commercial chicken flock and a low pathogenic (H5) strain was found in a Wisconsin commercial turkey flock.
“It’s in a poultry owner’s best interest to take precautions now to minimize the effect that avian influenza will have on their flock if the disease makes its way to Wisconsin,” says Dr. Darlene Konkle, Wisconsin’s Assistant State Veterinarian.
The H5N2 strain found in Wisconsin is not related to the H7 strain found in Tennessee. High path strains are often fatal for birds, but the low path strain found in Wisconsin is not uncommon in poultry flocks and tends to cause few, if any, clinical signs of illness in the birds.
“Low path avian influenza is similar in severity to the common cold in humans and will eventually clear from the flock without bird loss,” Konkle said.
Konkle recommends the following six steps for protecting birds from HPAI:
- Keep your distance—Restrict access to your property and keep your birds away from other birds.
- Keep it clean—Wash your hands thoroughly before and after working with your birds. Clean and disinfect equipment.
- Don’t haul disease home—Buy birds from reputable sources and keep new birds separated for at least 30 days.
- Don’t borrow disease—Do not share equipment or supplies with neighbors or other bird owners. If you must borrow, disinfect it first.
- Know the warning signs—Early detection can help prevent the spread of the disease. Check your birds frequently. If you find a sick or dead bird, don’t touch it.
- Report sick birds—Don’t wait. If your birds are sick or dying at an abnormal rate, call DATCP at 1-800-572-8981. If you notice dead wild birds, call the DNR’s hotline at 1-800-433-1610.
CDC considers the risk to people to be low. No human infections with these viruses have been detected at this time. In addition, poultry and eggs are safe to consume as long as they are properly handled and meat is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.
The Kewaunee County Poultry Project will be meeting on Saturday, March 18 at 10:00 am the Kewaunee County Fair Grounds. Please contact Deb Ahrens at 845-2529 with any questions. [/cets_callout_box]
Northeastern Wisconsin Honor Show Chow Seminar 2017
Learn how to get your show animal project off to a winning start!
When: Saturday, March 11
Registration and Skill-A-Thon opens at 8:30AM
Fine Arts Building
1 University Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Register online by March 1 at https://newhscseminar2017.eventbrite.com
to be entered in a drawing for an Andis Clipper.
The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules enacted in October 2015 require livestock farmers to correctly apply VFD Orders and retain all VFD Orders for two (2) years, producing them for inspection when requested to do so.
VFD Orders may be stored electronically or as hard copy paper.
What is a VFD? A VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian in the course of the veterinarian’s professional practice that authorizes the use of a VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed. This written statement authorizes the client (the owner of the animal or animals or other caretaker) to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals only in accordance with the conditions for use approved, conditionally approved, or indexed by the FDA. A VFD is also referred to as a VFD order.
What Should Be on a VFD Order?
This information is required on a lawful VFD order:
- veterinarian’s name, address, and telephone number;
- client’s name, business or home address, and telephone number;
- premises at which the animals speciﬁed in the VFD are located;
- date of VFD issuance;
- expiration date of the VFD;
- name of the VFD drug(s);
- species and production class of animals to be fed the VFD feed;
- approximate number of animals to be fed the VFD feed by the expiration date of the VFD;
- indication for which the VFD is issued;
- level of VFD drug in the feed and duration of use;
- withdrawal time, special instructions, and cautionary statements necessary for use of the drug in conformance with the approval;
- number of reorders (reﬁlls) authorized, if permitted by the drug approval, conditional approval, or index listing;
- statement: “Use of feed containing this veterinary feed directive (VFD) drug in a manner other than as directed on the labeling (extralabel use), is not permitted”;
- an affirmation of intent for combination VFD drugs as described in 21 CFR 558.6(b)(6); and veterinarian’s electronic or written signature.
- For more information about the VFD, visit http://www.fda.gov/safefeed
Download the 4 page pamphlet here: Veterinary Feed Directive PDFVeterinary Feed Directive PDF or here: https://uwmadison.box.com/s/yo8dga5ajltsgk06fs9ogiqqpukoz2ek . Please note that this is the most current information we have been provided at this time and can be subject to change.
Watch an informational video here: https://youtu.be/j0SpgprhG9c
Additional Resources on VFD
President: Daria Ahrens
Vice President: Adilynn Shroeder
Secretary: Sami Treml
Treasurer: Dominique Ahrens
Please contact Deb Ahrens at 845-2529 if you are interested in joining the Poultry Project.
The next meeting for this project will be December 3, 2016 at 10:00AM at the county fair grounds.