While our egg laying enterprise is separate from our CSA, we know that many of you enjoy hearing and seeing the activities.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
With Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza affecting poultry farmers across Minnesota and the United States. We thought it would be appropriate to keep all of you informed.
This virus knows no limits affecting both small 4-H flocks to larger farms… affecting farms of all sizes. On the Banks of Squaw Creek does a great job of explaining precautions to take with Backyard Flocks, and how it affects them as poultry farmers. In fact, scientists and veterinarians are working feverishly to understand this virus, and how they can protect our poultry flocks. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced in May that all bird exhibitions at county fairs, the State Fair, and other gatherings of birds were canceled for the remainder of 2015.
It’s important to know that this is NOT a food safety risk – read more from the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. Also this is not a human health issue. It is an avian (bird) virus. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has information on the virus.
In addition, on our way home from South Dakota where we were staying by a primary migratory bird area (believed to be a mode of distribution of the virus) and drove past an infected HPAI farm…we stopped at the car wash and washed our truck thoroughly, and I sprayed Lysol and bleach on everything upon our return home. This as a precautionary measure to disinfect and kill any HPAI virus we may have come in contact with.
These are safety precautions that we know are important to the health of our flock. While our flock is small in comparison, our investment of time, effort and the care we have for them is still important to us. We lost a flock a few years ago to a fire, and we will do what we can to protect the health and safety of this flock from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Here is an interview of a farmer I have had the privilege to work with. I believe this will give you a perspective of the challenges they face. Please say a prayer for all of the families that have been affected.