Weekly poultry outlook: bird flu continues to rage through Europe and US rethinks its China strategy

Jim Wyckoff's latest analysis shows the spread of H5N8 avian influenza through Europe and the political and economic implications of the US-China trade relationship.


by Jim Wyckoff, The Poultry Site

20 November 2020


Northern Europe contends with bird flu outbreaks


Germany to slaughter additional birds due to avian influenza


Discovery of an H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on another German farm will see the country slaughter up to 70,000 birds as a response, said USDA in a report. The find on a farm near Rostock in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will mean about 4,500 chickens will be culled at the farm, but the 70,000 figure comes as the farm has several other locations.


Another 16,100 turkeys were culled in the state earlier this week and Denmark ordered the cull of 25,000 chickens after a find on a farm there. Other detections have been found in France, the Netherlands and Britain. This will continue to build trade disruptions for poultry exports in these countries to destinations outside the European Union (EU).


Avian influenza-infected bird found in Denmark


On 6 November 2020, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) reported the first finding of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in a deceased peregrine falcon. The DVFA instructed all owners of poultry to keep their birds indoors.


The DVFA decided to raise the threat level for avian influenza to its highest level. As of 10 November 2020, all owners of poultry flocks must secure their animals against contact with wild birds with roofing or fencing. Additionally, a ban has been introduced on events with poultry and birds.


The DVFA has also taken a sample from a goose found at Højer, in Southern Jutland, for testing for avian influenza and expects to receive the results later this week. The Danish poultry sector is small compared to the Danish swine sector. While Denmark is the sixth largest pork producer in the EU, Denmark is only the thirteenth largest broiler producer in the EU.


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