Department of Agricuture and Fisheries, and the Australian Chicken Meat Council have published brief but important notes on recognising High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza, reporting it, risks and biosecurity.
Common signs of HPAI include:
- sudden death
- • respiratory distress
• inability to walk
• no appetite
• unusual head or neck posture
• droopy appearance
• ruffled feathers
• swollen head, wattle or comb
• drop in egg production.
The virus can remain active in manure, water and carcasses for days to weeks if it is not processed (eg by composting temperatures). See here for more information HPAI Newsletter – DAFF
The Australian Chicken Meat Federation, of which ACGC is a member, has also published a handy guide to what actually HAPPENS to you and your farm once an emergency disease outbreak is declared: FINAL _EAD Flyer
One month ago, the NFF Interim Report recommended a Mandatory Code of Conduct for poultry meat growers. The report can be found HERE ACGC has responded HERE The NFF report identified that: There is an imbalance of power between growers and processors Supermarkets have thrown their support behind a mandatory Code and are willing to […]read more
ACGC and ACMF have participated on the steering committee for the government’s required Sustainability Plan for the industry. While the full report is still be released, the summary is below. Take a look at the things YOU will have to do to increase sustainability and make the meat poultry industry “green”! Sustainability Framework HEREread more