The Poultry Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - By Pro­fes­sor Si­mon Shane

Should flock own­ers af­fected by dis­ease be com­pen­sated by govern­ment?

It is ques­tion­able whether the epor­nitic ex­tend­ing from April through early June 2015 in the up­per Mid­west would have been suc­cess­fully con­tained if con­trol mea­sures had not in­cluded oblig­a­tory de­ple­tion. In the event the prox­im­ity of farms, cage hous­ing and their size ini­tially over­whelmed the re­sources of state and fed­eral au­thor­i­ties lead­ing to de­lays in de­ple­tion and dis­posal of dead hens and pul­lets. By mid-may, suf­fi­cient re­sources and per­son­nel were avail­able for re­moval of dead hens from cages. The prob­lem of dis­posal was ad­dressed by a com­bi­na­tion of po­lit­i­cal pres­sure and tweak­ing reg­u­la­tions to bring in in­cin­er­a­tors and to fa­cil­i­tate dis­posal of hens in land­fills in Iowa, the Dakota’s and Ne­braska.

Given the tech­ni­cal jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for de­ple­tion and tak­ing into ac­count the le­gal obli­ga­tion of the Fed­eral govern­ment to in­dem­nify pro­duc­ers, the ques­tion still→

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