Russian poultry farmers urge approval of HPAI vaccination

Currently, vaccination is only allowed on private backyard farms
calendar icon 26 September 2022
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According to online news site Veterinary Medicine and Life, Russian poultry farmers are urging the Ministry of Agriculture to approve vaccination against highly pathogenic avian influenza. In a conversation with Russian Poultry Union president Vladimir Fisinin, the news site said the organisation has already held several video conferences to discuss the issue.

According to the report, vaccination against HPAI has never been carried out on Russian poultry farms. Currently, it is only allowed on private backyard farms. Fisinin noted, however, that Russia has several large poultry farms that require protection from avian influenza via vaccination.

“Just as avian influenza hit the Borovskaya poultry farm in the Tyumen region. It used to produce more than a billion eggs," he said in the interview. "This is more than the entire egg production in Finland."

The report does not mention why vaccination is not possible in commercial flocks, but does suggest subsidies should be offered to those who opt to vaccinate flocks.

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