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Avian Influenza & Biosecurity

DATCP Reminds Poultry Owners of Increasing Threat of Avian Influenza
Contact: Kevin Hoffman, Public Information Officer, (608) 224-5005, kevin.hoffman@wisconsin.gov

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is
reminding poultry owners of the ongoing threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The
spring migratory period for wild birds brings an increased risk of infection to all flocks, so
DATCP recommends that poultry owners continue using the strongest biosecurity measures to protect
their birds.
In Wisconsin last year, 29 domestic flocks in 18 counties were confirmed with HPAI. Nationwide,
more than 58.5 million birds have died related to HPAI making it the largest animal disease
outbreak in
U.S. history, surpassing the 2014-15 bird flu outbreak.
The best way to protect flocks from infection is through strong biosecurity practices that do not
allow for virus introduction. All poultry owners, regardless of the size of the operation, must
ensure that strict biosecurity practices are in place to prevent HPAI from infecting flocks. As the
spring migration of wild birds begins, DATCP encourages all poultry producers to review and update
their biosecurity plans. Those who do not have a biosecurity plan should work with their flock
veterinarian to develop one that clearly addresses the risks for disease introduction specific to
their operations. Biosecurity guides and other resources are available from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s Defend the Flock Program.
State law requires Wisconsin poultry and other livestock owners to register where their animals are
kept. DATCP uses this information to rapidly respond to animal disease outbreaks to protect animal
health, the food supply, public safety, and Wisconsin’s agriculture economy. Registration is free
and can be completed at wiid.org or by calling the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium at
(888) 808-1910.
Poultry owners who recognize any abnormal increase in mortality or clinical signs of disease,
including respiratory distress, drop in food or water intake, decreased egg production, and
lethargy are asked to report it to DATCP at (800) 572-8981.
Please visit hpai.wi.gov for regular updates on HPAI in Wisconsin and resources for poultry owners.
More information on HPAI, prevention strategies and biosecurity is available here:
• U.S. Poultry and Egg Association self-assessment of enhanced biosecurity
• Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: Avian influenza and wild birds
• Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Avian influenza and humans

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Animal Science Virtual Education

Due to scheduling conflicts and to benefit from co-existing programs, the animal science virtual education series dates have changed.

 Feb 6 is now Feb 13th – Beef Carcass Evaluation and Cookery, Bernie O’Rourke and Ron Russell

March 6 is now April 3rd – Reproduction Technologies in animal sciences, Nate Dorshorst

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Share A Kid

2023 Share-a-Kid

Share-a-Kid Application Information
Each year, the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association promotes interest in dairy goats in our
state. One of the ways we encourage our young people in this aspect of agriculture is through our
Share-a-Kid Program. We award an average of 4 to 6 dairy goat kids to young people across the
state each year.