ADDL Diagnostician Speaks to “Small Flock” Owners about Avian Health
Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) Veterinary Diagnostician Craig Bowen gave a presentation at the 2018 Purdue Extension Small Farm Conference on the role the ADDL plays in monitoring the health of farm animals. Dr. Bowen explained why it is important and valuable for small producers to work with a veterinarian. The talk was especially tailored for backyard poultry owners – those who keep “small flocks” as classified by the Indiana Board of Animal Health.
Communicating with small producers is an important part of maintaining animal health statewide. During the 2015-2016 Indiana avian flu outbreak, for example, producers with small flocks were difficult to track and notify because backyard chicken owners are not required to register with the state.
“The overall health of the animal starts with monitoring and observation by the farmer,” said Dr. Bowen. “But ultimately it is necessary for the farmer, the veterinarian, and the diagnostic lab to work together to maintain the health of the animals.”
The annual Purdue Extension Small Farm Conference is an educational and farmer-to-farmer networking event for the Indiana small and diversified farm community. The 2018 conference was held March 1-3 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex in Danville, Ind.
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