Export markets are not seeing major losses due to HPAI

Export markets have shown very little reaction to the High Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak in the U.S.

There are much fewer losses in these markets than in the 2015 outbreak. USDA attributes this in part to the strong response seen after that outbreak seven years ago.

“The trade staff worked very diligently to update grade agreements with our trading partners and to negotiate agreements where the restricted zones would be as small as possible. In many cases, we were able to negotiate that a trading partner would only restrict the county or the control zone around infected premises, which gives us a lot more flexibility than where we historically had whole states restricted,” said Dr. Rosemary Sifford.

As of last week, there have been 675 confirmed flocks affected by High Pathogenic Avian Influenza.