BIRD FLU OUTBREAK IN CO MONAGHAN DEALS SEVERE BLOW TO EGG PRODUCTION

30 April 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The presence of avian influenza in ten poultry flocks in Co Monaghan is contributing to a growing shortfall in the availability of eggs. It is estimated that more than half-a-million egg-producing hens in the county have been culled since the outbreak of H6N1 bird flu subtype was detected. The loss of so many layers and the reduction in a bird’s egg production that the disease can have has combined with the increased demand for eggs in the current Covid-19 climate to bring about a significant shortfall in supply, leading to a rise in imports from the UK and mainland Europe.

The Department of Agriculture said that the presence of avian influenza has been confirmed in eight table egg-laying bird flocks and two turkey flocks in Co Monaghan, with the first case confirmed on March 9. Four further flocks investigated tested negative. The outbreak poses no risk to humans, the Department stressed, adding that egg-packing centres had…

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