Livestock & Poultry
Spring 2015: The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and USDA are making poultry producers and backyard enthusiasts aware of avian influenza outbreaks which have been identified in other parts of the United States.
The following advisories, websites and information should be helpful in the practice of good avian biosecurity:
- Avian Influenza Bulletin (PDF; 3-10-2015; Vt. Agency of Agriculture)
- Avian Influenza Disease Update (4-24-2015; USDA)
- Avian Influenza Outbreaks in Poultry: Know the Warning Signs ("AgriView," page 6, 4-24-2015; Vt. Agency of Agriculture
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Disease specifics/human health concerns
- The Poultry Site - Avian disease updates
- Vt. Agency of Agriculture - Animal health concerns
- Vt. Department of Health - Human health concerns
- Vermont Avian Influenza Bulletin (PDF; 12-23-2014; Vt. Agency of Agriculture)
- "Biosecurity For The Birds" Step-By-Step Approach to Biosecurity (PDF; 2014; USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service)
- Biosecurity For Birds resources (USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service)
- Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Fast Facts (The Center for Food Security & Public Health, Iowa State University)
- Avian Influenza Disease Images (The Center for Food Security & Public Health, Iowa State University)
Livestock play an important role in Vermont agriculture, providing valuable dairy, meat, egg and fiber products, and aiding in land improvement, by-product utilization, employment, transportation and agritourism.
Currently, about 75% of the state's total agricultural income comes from dairy products. However, in response to demand for locally produced food and goods, farms are increasingly diversifying and raising other livestock species.
UVM Extension supports the industry through educational programming and provides resources to address production, products and marketing.