Saskatchewan Examiner

In Saskatchewan, almost 100,000 commercial birds were euthanized

In Saskatchewan, about 100,000 commercial birds were euthanized.

Key Takeaways:

  • The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has killed tens of thousands of birds in Saskatchewan despite only a few outbreaks at commercial poultry farms.
  • When flocks are ordered to be euthanized after testing positive for avian influenza, the CFIA offers compensation.
  • The deadline to participate in the 2022 AgriStability program has been extended to June 30 to assist offset the impact of avian influenza.

Despite only a few outbreaks at commercial poultry farms, the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has killed tens of thousands of birds in Saskatchewan.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, more than 100,000 commercial birds have been destroyed in Saskatchewan (CFIA).

“Once avian influenza is detected, the CFIA will ensure that all required precautions are taken to prevent the disease from spreading to other birds,” said Graham Snell, executive director of Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan.

“It’s part of the producer’s life, for the industry’s benefit.”

According to the CFIA, eight distinct cases of avian flu had been detected in the province as of May 4. Commercial poultry flocks have reported five of them.

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Since mid-April, the government has been tracking an HPAI outbreak across Canada. Infections were detected in nine provinces, impacting a total of 68 locations.

According to the federal government, HPAI has harmed approximately 1.7 million birds in Canada.

The CFIA has the authority to mandate the destruction of HPAI-affected birds under the Animal Health Act.

The CFIA said that “all birds are humanely slaughtered using globally approved methods.”

“A popular disposal option (for the corpses) is composting.”

According to the CFIA, disease reaction varies depending on the situation, but HPAI protocol often includes quarantine, sample submission, inquiry, destruction, and compensation.

In Saskatchewan, about 100,000 commercial birds were euthanized.
In Saskatchewan, about 100,000 commercial birds were euthanized. Image from CBC news

The CFIA offers compensation when flocks are ordered to be euthanized after testing positive for avian influenza. There is also insurance for the poultry sector that covers some expenditures.

According to the province’s agriculture ministry, the primary source of HPAI transmission is wild birds; therefore, the risk of disease spread will remain high for the rest of the spring migration season.

In mid-April, the Saskatchewan government issued an animal health control area order to prevent chickens from mixing. The order will remain in effect until May 14, 2022.

To help mitigate the impact of avian influenza, the deadline to enroll in the 2022 AgriStability program has been extended to June 30.

The risk of human infection is limited, and the province claims there is no threat to food safety.

Brendan Ellis contributed files.

Source: CTV News

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