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Alabama Extension Launches Avian Influenza Website

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AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has launched www.AlabamaAvianInfluenza.com in response to the recent confirmed cases of avian influenza in Tennessee. “This website will be Extension’s education portal for consumers, backyard flock owners and commercial operators,” said Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Extension director.  “The site features important information on biosecurity measures for backyard keepers in particular.” The website, www.AlabamaAvianInfluenza.com, features ... Read More »

Protecting Backyard Chickens from Disease

Backyard Chickens

AUBURN, Ala.–The popularity of raising your own backyard chickens continues to grow. A poultry scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says it is vital that people with backyard flocks do their part to reduce disease spread. Dr. Joe Hess, an Alabama Extension specialist who works with both large commercial poultry producers as well as with backyard poultry hobbyists, says ... Read More »

Rainwater Harvesting Could Revolutionize Poultry Industry

Rainwater harvesting

AUBURN, Ala.—Raising broiler chickens takes water—a lot of water. But rainwater harvesting could substantially reduce Alabama poultry growers’ dependence on municipal water sources or well water and reduce growers’ annual water bill by as much as $16,000 or more and pay for itself in as few as four to five years. Dr. Gene Simpson, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Alabama Poultry Producers Monitor Indiana Avian Influenza Outbreak

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Auburn, Ala. – Indiana confirmed the nation’s first outbreak of high pathogen avian influenza in 2016. It was found on an Indiana turkey farm in January. In Alabama, poultry producers continue to monitor flocks and use extensive biosecurity measures to protect the state’s largest agri-business from avian influenza. Dr. Ken Macklin, a poultry scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, ... Read More »

4-H Chick Chain Grows Ability

Auburn, Ala.—Alabama’s 4-H Chick Chain project has had growing success since 2013. It has expanded from just a few counties participating to almost a majority of the 67 counties taking part in the 4-H program. Targeted at Alabama youth 9 to 19, it teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens. Participation helps youth develop poultry management ... Read More »

Legislators Tour Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center

CROSSVILLE, Ala.—Alabama state senator Clay Scofield and state representative Becky Nordgren visited Auburn University’s Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center Friday, Oct. 2. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Dr. Art Appel, interim dean of Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, guided the legislative tour, which featured ongoing research efforts and Extension program efforts. “This research ... Read More »

Poultry Preparation Pointers for Gameday

Auburn, Ala.–Fire up your grills because it’s time for football season! When hosting the perfect tailgate, it is essential to have the perfect gameday snacks to serve your friends and family. Chicken is a fan-favorite entrée on football weekends. To ensure a successful gameday, keep safety in mind when preparing, serving and preserving poultry dishes. Whether you are cooking chicken or turkey, ... Read More »

Vigilance Critical in Avian Influenza Battle

Biosecurity measures in poultry houses

AUBURN, Alabama–Alabama agriculture officials and regional poultry experts continue to monitor commercial and backyard poultry operations for any sign of the avian influenza also known as bird flu. An outbreak of the deadly disease in Alabama has the potential to create a downturn in production in the state’s largest agri-business. Alabama is one of the nation’s leaders in broiler chicken production. The ... Read More »

Biosecurity Crucial Tool In Avian Influenza Battle

Biosecurity measures in poultry houses

AUBURN, Ala.–While avian influenza has been confirmed in 20 states, Alabama remains free of the disease and Alabama poultry producers are doing all that they can to keep the disease at bay. A poultry scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said poultry producers are more vigilant than ever when it comes to sanitation and other biosecurity measures. “All our ... Read More »