Avian influenza informational meetings to be held for backyard poultry owners

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is holding five regional meetings to inform backyard poultry owners about the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that is expected to be introduced in the state this fall.

Veterinarians with NCDA&CS and the N.C. State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will give an overview of the U.S. outbreak and how North Carolina is planning to protect commercial poultry and small flocks. They will also answer questions about the registry for backyard flock owners and provide more information about how backyard and small-flock owners can protect their flocks from potential infection.

The meetings will be held in from 1 to 3 p.m. at each location. Pre-registration is available at www.ncagr.gov/avianflu. The closest meeting will be held on Sept. 1, at Guilford County Center, 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro. For more information contact Karen Neill at 336-641-2400.

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