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Avian Influenza Update

February 8, 2017

With Alberta’s current cold weather, and the fact that very few wild birds can be seen in the sky, it is easy to believe that the risk of Avian Influenza (AI) is low.  However, EFA continuously monitors AI outbreaks in North American and around the world, and it is important to adviseMore

European Egg Production

February 8, 2017

At EFA’s Regional Meetings in January 2017, some questions were raised about hen housing in Europe.  Some farmers had heard that certain European countries were moving back to conventional cage production.  The production of eggs by hens in conventional cages has been banned in Europe since 2012. As of lateMore

Flock Vaccination Tip

February 8, 2017

If an EFA Field Coordinator contacts an egg farmer to schedule a visit while the farmer is planning to administer a live vaccine to one of their flocks, the farmer should advise them immediately.  Field Coordinators visit flocks from youngest to oldest, as this is the best practice for biosecurityMore

Mass Depopulation Consultation

February 8, 2017

At the January Regional Meetings, EFA engaged egg farmers in conversation regarding what the long-term vision for mass depopulation should look like in Alberta. With changing requirements around mass depopulation, and increased emphasis during auditing of the Animal Care Program, EFA recognizes the importance of providing support to ensure that farmers haveMore