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Workshop on avian influenza and biosecurity in pastured poultry to be held 12/12/15

University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, and USDA APHIS will hold a workshop on highly pathogenic avian influenza and biosecurity in pasture and outdoor production systems.

The workshop will be on Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. with registration starting at 8:30. The workshop will be at the Community Resource Bank (CRB) community room, located at 1605 Heritage Drive, Northfield, MN 55057. It is free to the public. Please register for this event by December 10 by contacting Wayne Martin, at, or 612-625-6224.

Speakers will address the following topics:

  • The development and progression of the recent outbreak in Minnesota.
  • The Board of Animal Health and APHIS roles and responsibilities during an outbreak.
  • What producers need to know during an outbreak regarding testing and movement of poultry.
  • Biosecurity in pasture or outdoor settings.

"It is essential for all farmers, whether using a pasture or confinement system, to make their farm as bio-secure as possible,” said Carol Cardona, University of Minnesota veterinarian and Extension specialist. “This workshop will help farmers understand more about what occurred last spring and help them prepare for an outbreak in the future.”