An outbreak of bird flu discovered in a farm in Sailly-Flibeaucourt, 27,000 poultry will be slaughtered

The cases were discovered in a farm where the animals live locked in buildings, causing the owners to misunderstand. Slaughtering operations started on Wednesday September 14 and should last until the weekend.

Misunderstanding and distress can be read on the faces of Marie-Hélène and Antoine Dessaux, the managers of a farm of 27,000 turkeys and turkeys located in Sailly-Flibeaucourt, a stone’s throw from Abbeville. Their professional life changed at the very beginning of the week: “
Turkeys housed in one of our buildings had to leave to be slaughtered in Germany. After the case of avian flu discovered in the Title, we were obliged to carry out analyses. The vet came on Sunday evening.
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The couple, who work on behalf of the Unéal cooperative, having noticed nothing abnormal in their breeding, are then ”
confident
“. The verdict of the analyzes falls on Monday morning: the farm is affected by avian influenza.

The slaughter of turkeys has started

The operators do not understand how the contamination could have taken place, knowing that the poultry live in closed buildings where they arrive from their first day of life, before leaving again at the age of 16 weeks for females and 21 weeks for the males. ”
If we knew where it came from, we could avoid the problem in the future. Because if this happens to us in these conditions, what will it be for open-air farms?
asks Antoine Dessaux.

Very quickly after the results of the analyzes, the machine to prevent the spread of the epidemic was started by the State services. Access to livestock buildings is prohibited to anyone while the slaughter operation of 27,000 turkeys and turkeys started this Wednesday, September 14 in the middle of the day. It should continue until Friday.

” We suffer ”


We started observing mortality from Tuesday
add Marie-Hélène and Antoine Dessaux. For the couple, the discovery of the presence of avian flu on the farm is a new blow that is very hard to overcome. In the summer of 2017, he had already been the victim of a fire, at a time when the breeding buildings were empty. ”
For the moment, we suffer because we have never experienced such a situation. We are unable to think, fortunately we are well surrounded.
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The turkeys and turkeys arrive on the farm from their first day of life and live in several buildings (file photo).
The turkeys and turkeys arrive on the farm from their first day of life and live in several buildings (file photo).

Difficult to envisage the future under these conditions, even if the prefecture specifies that the operators will be compensated. ”
We are in the unknown, experts will be appointed and will do their job
“, react the breeders. Given the situation, Antoine Dessaux is struggling to project himself into the future but already knows that he will have to be patient – ​​the time to disinfect the site – before being able to restart the activity. ”
Finding poultry right now when we are slaughtering it everywhere, it’s going to be complicated. Recovery can only happen gradually.
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The measures taken by the prefecture

The measures taken by the prefecture

A protection zone within a radius of 3 km around Sailly-Flibeaucourt has been set up. It includes Forest l’Abbaye, Hautvillers-Ouville, Lamotte-Buleux, Le Titre, Nouvion, Noyelles-sur-Mer, Port-le-Grand, Sailly-Flibeaucourt.

A surveillance zone within a radius of 10 km includes, in addition to the 8 municipalities mentioned above, Abbeville, Agenvillers, Bernay-en-Ponthieu, Boismont, Buigny Saint Maclou, Cahon, Cambron, Canchy, Caours, Crécy en Ponthieu, Domvast, Drucat, Estreboeuf, Favières, Fontaine sur Maye, Forest Montiers, Froyelles, Grand-Laviers, Machiel, Machy, Miannay, Millencourt-en-Ponthieu, Mons Boubert, Neufmoulin, Neuilly the hospital, Ponthoile, Quesnoy le Montant, Saigneville, Saint -Valery-sur-Somme, Yonval.

The movements of poultry and captive birds are prohibited, except by derogation.

Any death of wild birds without obvious cause must be reported to the Fédération des chasseurs de la Somme (on 03 22 82 90 90) or to the French Office for Biodiversity (on 03 22 24 51 63).

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