1/12/2018 7:16:00 AM/Categories: General News, Livestock, Poultry, National News, International , Ag Issues
Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports that since December, the H5N6 strain of avian influenza has been reported in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, South Korea and Taiwan, in addition to H5N8 outbreaks in Italy and Russia. The World Organization for Animal Health says more than 32 million birds were lost or destroyed since its last report in September, and regional outbreaks include countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Europe.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said it found no new cases of human infection with avian influenza in the Western Pacific Region between the last week of December and the first week of January, in its latest update. A total of 238 cases of human infection were reported in the area since January 2003, with 134 fatal cases. Globally, there were 860 cases of human infection of H5N in 16 countries worldwide between January 2003 and December 2017.
If there is a worldwide avian influenza outbreak it could mean consumers will look to other proteins.
Recently, at the conclusion of the 2018 Montana 4-H Congress held on the campus of Montana State University a new batch of 4-H Ambassadors was announced.
Great Falls, Mont.— Governor Steve Bullock recently announced the appointment of two new directors to the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee (MWBC). Adam Carney of Scobey, will replace District 1 Director Buzz Mattelin of Culbertson, while Charlie Bumgarner of Belt, will replace District 5 Director Bruce Myllymaki of Stanford. Both Mattelin and Myllymaki are termed out, having served on the committee for 9 years.