This is the 16th issue of our weekly news update. Effective July 11, we transitioned to bi-weekly updates. Our next newsletter will be on Friday September 18, 2020.
Poultry Health News and Updates
The BC Chicken Marketing Board recognizes that Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) poses a significant threat to the broiler industry in British Columbia. This virus can cause significant mortality within naïve broiler flocks. It is an acute, highly contagious respiratory disease in chickens that is characterized by a severe upper respiratory disease, increased mortality, and losses in production. ILT particles can survive in the environment for several weeks at temperatures of 13-23C but are destroyed by heat and commonly used disinfectants. The virus is mechanically transmitted on contaminated litter, equipment, and people. However, another important mode of transmission is by aerosolization into the surrounding environment. The BC Chicken Marketing Board has updated our procedures to follow for suspected or confirmed ILT cases which is available on our website in the grower portal . Click here for more information.
Broiler chickens and COVID-19
CFIA scientists have confirmed that domestic turkeys and chicken do not spread SARS-CoV-2 to humans, other animals or the environment. Their studies also showed that these birds did not carry the virus in their tissues used for human consumption.
CleanFarms will be collecting unwanted pesticides and animal meds on Vancouver Island from October 5-9 and in the Fraser Valley Region October 12-16, 2020. Okanagan collection will take place in the Fall of 2021.
Effective December 1, 2020 administration of Class D and E licences will be returning to the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Read more here.
On September 14, 2020, The BC Ministry of Agriculture released an intentions paper about modernization meat processing in rural areas. Read more here.
The BC Ministry of Agriculture is inviting industry and the public to review the proposed changes contained in the intentions paper and to provide comment by October 19, 2020 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail to:
Ministry of Agriculture BC Meat Inspection Program
On September 19, BC chicken growers Tracy and Raymond Bredenhof and their son Jacob, along with Terry Fox's brother Darrell will be cycling approximately 100km from Terry Fox Elementary in Abbotsford, to Hope Secondary School in Hope, BC to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation.