Test sites look at deterring resident geese from farms

Migratory wildfowl have gotten a lot of attention in the prevention of an avian influenza outbreak, and rightfully so.

USDA officials said this spring that highly pathogenic strains of the virus will likely be passed among birds in their breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada this summer before moving south.

But with the resident Canada geese population continuing to increase, deterring wildfowl from poultry farms throughout the year may be something to consider, Bill Brown, University of Delaware poultry specialist told attendees at the recent National Meeting of Poultry Health, Processing and Live Production.

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