Barnifield The interest group LTO Gelderse Vallei is urging poultry farmers in the Barnefield area to exercise extreme caution now and prevent an outbreak of bird flu at all costs. “If the 2003 scenario is repeated, it will be a fatal blow to many poultry farmers.”
That is the opinion of board member Pieter Bouw of LTO Gelderse Vallei, himself a poultry farmer in Voorthuizen. “As a sector, we are now watching the development with great concern, now that the virus was recently detected in a second company in Zeewold,” he says.
shocked A duck farm with 10,000 animals was culled on Thursday. The area has recently been shocked twice by preventive culling at Paradise Care Farm in Barnefield and a chicken farm in Otterlo. Not because there were signs of the virus, but because in both cases it was true that there had been contact with an infected company elsewhere.
Since last Tuesday, there has been a mandatory national incubation to prevent the spread of the virus. “It’s critical that everyone sticks strictly now,” says Boo. Also owners of a hobby of animals. Those few geese in the front yard or a couple of young ducks in the petting zoo should be kept indoors. According to him, the virus spreads mainly through the droppings of wild birds flying over it.
Huge break Avian influenza led to a widespread nationwide outbreak, including Barnifield in 2003. Nationwide, more than thirty hundred businesses were culled, as well as more than thirty million animals. The Bouw Company, which had 60,000 laying hens and 55,000 hens at the time, was culled at that time.
, we must prevent this scenario from recurring, because I believe that in this case not many companies will be able to more than they were at the time. For more than eighteen years, poultry farmers have invested, for example, in “better life”, “organic”, “free range” and in measures to improve animal welfare and reduce emissions. As a result, the financial risks to entrepreneurs are now many times greater.”
“Look back at 2003, learn from the past”
Poultry farmers and those involved would do well to delve into the events surrounding the major avian influenza outbreak eighteen years ago, in 2003. “It may help to understand the urgency, and how important it is now to be vigilant.”
This is the opinion of poultry farmer Peter Bo, member of the board of directors of LTO Gelderse Vallei. “Read newspaper articles from that time again, look at Jineks at that time and let them delve into how dire the situation was for poultry farmers, but also for the many people around them at the time.”
According to him, this concept is especially important for young poultry farmers, who do not have experience of a similar outbreak period. I don’t want to point your finger in a pedantic tone, but I think it is very important for everyone to realize how serious the danger is. We must now work together to prevent an outbreak.”
Therefore poultry farmers should not only observe the obligation to keep the sheds in place, but should also use all available sanitary precautions. “Sometimes the rules may come across as overblown or costing entrepreneurs extra time, but that is no different now. We need to be vigilant now for the greater good. Don’t have visitors in your stable, work in your own company clothes and disinfect, and shower regularly. Before and after working in the stable, make sure the wheels of feed trucks are disinfected.If you have space in your yard, create some kind of manageable safe zone between suppliers and carriers on one side and the barn on the other.In the company the weakest link.Take the situation seriously And deal with that association. And don’t be afraid to take it as an exaggeration, because I think everyone understands the situation at the moment.”
Poe believes that a potential animal disease outbreak will not only have financial and emotional consequences for the affected poultry farmers, but may also have a negative impact on the sector in general. “I have already read stories about people who believe that the risk of animal disease has increased due to the size of the companies. This is not true. The risk, through the droppings of wild birds, is still the same, but the consequences have increased due to the size. In addition, in the case of culling on wide scale, I am concerned about public opinion.”
Wouter Van Dyck