Taiwan reports avian influenza outbreak

More than 20,000 chickens were culled
calendar icon 3 February 2022
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The Zhang County Government in Taiwan reported an outbreak of avian influenza on a chicken farm in Erlin Town. As a result, more than 20,000 chickens were culled.

According to the government release, more than 100,000 chickens have been culled this year from avian influenza outbreaks on four farms in Changhua and two farms in Yunlin. However, farmers believe that the recent rise in egg prices in Taiwan is mainly due to the weather, not avian influenza.

Recently, egg prices have been on the high side, and Taiwanese consumers are concerned about a possible egg shortage, especially now that avian influenza has been reported in Changhua County. According to the government release, a chicken farmer pointed out that the temperature difference between morning and evening has recently been large, and the egg production rate of chickens has dropped. But the government said there’s currently an imbalance between market demand and supply and demand, and egg prices are not greatly affected by the avian flu epidemic.

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.

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