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Now Available:  Commercial Poultry News - October 2023 




With the confirmation of HPAI in Maryland last week, out of an abundance of precaution, we have decided to postpone all poultry programs scheduled in December.  We are doing so in order to get a better understanding of the situation here on the shore and to help stop any spread of the disease.


• In Delaware, email the Delaware Poultry Health Hotline at or call 302-698-4507 and provide your contact information, size of flock, location, and concerns.
• In Maryland, report any unusual or sudden increases in sick birds to the MDA Animal Health Program at 410-841-5810 or after hours at 410-841-5971. 
• In Virginia, report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to the State Veterinarian’s Office at 804-692-0601 or or through the USDA’s toll-free number, 866-536-7593.


Preliminary Testing Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Caroline County 

ANNAPOLIS, MD  (November 21, 2023)— State laboratory testing has detected a case of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI) in Caroline County. Following increased mortality of a broiler operation and investigation by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, it has been preliminarily confirmed that poultry from the affected farm has tested positive for HPAI.

State officials have quarantined all affected premises, and birds on the properties are being or have been depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from affected flocks will not enter the food system.

Confirmation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory is pending with final results anticipated in the coming days.   

“High Pathogenic Avian influenza or HPAI does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain healthy and safe to eat and handle. Poultry growers, operators, and backyard flock owners should be on high alert of the threat of HPAI,” said Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks. “The Maryland Department of Agriculture, local health department, USDA and partner organizations are working diligently to address the situation, including quarantining and testing nearby flocks.” Read More>

University Contacts:        

Jon Moyle, Poultry Specialist,

Jenny Rhodes, Principal Agent,

Maegan Perdue, Agent Associate,

Jennifer Timmons, Associate Professor,

Nathaniel Tablante, DVM, MPVM, MS, DACPV,

Mostafa Ghanem, Asst. Professor, AGNR-Veterinary Medicine,



New Updates to the Nutrient Management Program

University of Maryland Extension (UME) has launched an enhanced nutrient management planning process designed to adapt to modern farming practices and operations that better align with Maryland’s agricultural regulations and environmental goals. Moving forward, UME will now administer and coordinate statewide nutrient management planning following the finalization of the agreement between the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and the Maryland Department of Agriculture.


USDA HPAI 2022/2023 Confirmed Detections:

Click on the link for more information and the map showing HPAI as it crosses the country.




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Commercial Poultry Grower Meeting Topics for 2023:




Mike Czarick of UGA
September 26, 2023 - Tunnel Ventilation Update by Mike Czarick of Georgie University Extension 

What's New in Tunnel-Ventilated Broiler Houses - Presentation Slides - Mike Czarick, UGA

Mary Katherine Foy of Proxy-Clean Products Talk 9.26.23
September 26, 2023 - Water Issues by Mary Katherine Foy, Proxy-Clean Products

Common Mistakes Made in a Water Program - Presentation Slides - Mary Katherine Foy, Proxy-Clean Products


To see more presentation and videos, click on Commercial Poultry Production or click here:  Grower Lunch Breaks                  


For the latest on A.I. in Commercial Poultry, click on Commercial Poultry Production, Avian Influenza  Click Here to View Videos: Preventing Outbreaks of Avian Influenza 

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Need Help?

Contact:        Jon Moyle, Poultry Specialist,, 443-754-0539 

                          Jenny Rhodes, Principal Agent and Extension Educator,, 410-310-0103

                          Nathaniel Tablante, DVM,

                          Mostafa Ghanem, DVM,

                          Maegan Perdue, Senior Agent Associate,, 443-523-4389

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