New requirements for NC farmers after bird flu outbreak

RALEIGH, NC (WNCT) – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued new requirements to help protect the state’s poultry farms from an outbreak of bird flu.

All poultry owners are now required to register for an NC Farm ID number, regardless of the number of birds owned.

This ID number will help the department to alert poultry owners about outbreaks.

Owners can register online after August 1.

Also, any commercial poultry grower with 200 or more birds will be required to submit a HPAI outbreak plan. Those part of the national poultry improvement plan are exempt.

These plans will also be available after August 1 and must be submitted by September 15.

Earlier this year, the department chose to limit bird sales, including at the state fair.

For more information, follow this link.

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