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Diversity in measures against infection with avian influenza in organic poultry by different European countries

Bestman, Msc M.W.P. (2008) Diversity in measures against infection with avian influenza in organic poultry by different European countries. Poster at: Cultivating the Future Based on Science: 2nd Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research ISOFAR, Modena, Italy, June 18-20, 2008.

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This paper describes how different European countries prescribe measures for farmers to reduce the risk of infection with avian influenza in poultry. These measures are for example the obliged indoor confinement during so-called risk periods ort the allowance to vaccinate against this virus infection. These measures have consequences for the organic poultry sector. It seems there is a large diversity between the different European countries concerning what prescriptions there are and especially the definitions of risk areas and risk periods seem to vary. The consequence in the Netherlands, for example, is that in 2007, approximately 95% of the organic laying hens were confined during nearly 5 months, while there was no single case of avian influenza within the Dutch borders. In most other European countries, only small numbers of farms in single risk areas had to keep their animals inside. This is not only a threat to animal welfare, it also does not fit in the ‘organic way’ of keeping animals and it is impossible to communicate this to the consumer who simply expects the animals to be outside.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:poultry, laying hens, avian influenza, outdoor area, animal welfare
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2008: IFOAM OWC: Research Track / ISOFAR > 3.4 Animal health and nutrition – non ruminants
Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Deposited By: Bestman, Monique
ID Code:12621
Deposited On:25 Sep 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:This paper is published in the conference proceedings:
Neuhoff, Daniel; Halberg, Niels; Alfldi, Thomas; Lockeretz, William; Thommen, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Hermansen, John; Vaarst, Mette; Lck, Lorna; Carporali, Fabio; Jensen, Henning Hgh; Migliorini, Paola and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2008) .Cultivating the Future Based on Science. Proceedings of the Second Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), held at the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Consorzio ModenaBio, 18 . 20 June 2008 in Modena, Italy.. International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o IOL, DE-Bonn, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick. http://orgprints.org/13672 and http://orgprints.org/13674

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