February 27, 2024

New Minnesota Grant Funding for Poultry and Avian Flu Prevention Methods, Including Lasers

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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced a new grant opportunity aimed at safeguarding the state’s livestock from diseases and other risks.

The initiative, known as the Protect Grant, provides one-time competitive grants of up to $10,000, with a 50% match requirement. While open to all types of livestock operations, priority consideration is given to those involved in cervid and poultry production. This prioritization stems from the ongoing battle against highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that has plagued poultry operations since 2022.

The stakes are high. The latest outbreak of avian flu alone has impacted over 150 poultry operations and claimed the lives of more than 6 million birds across Minnesota. In light of such challenges, MDA Commissioner Thom Petersen underscores the urgency of proactive measures. “With risks like chronic wasting disease and HPAI continuing to threaten Minnesota livestock, it’s important for farmers and ranchers to take proactive efforts to protect their animals,” Petersen asserts.

With the $500,000 in funding available, the MDA anticipates awarding 50 to 75 grants to deserving applicants. The application window is open until March 7, 2024, with notifications slated for no later than April 15.

Eligible projects span a wide array of preventative measures, from fencing and electronic animal ID systems to lasers that scare wild species away from poultry operations.

‘We appreciate the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Protect Grant initiative to safeguard livestock, especially given the threat of avian influenza. We encourage poultry farmers to leverage this opportunity for proactive measures and to explore innovative solutions like the AVIX Autonomic Laser Bird Deterrent.”

– Jake Vlaminck, President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association

The AVIX Autonomic: a scientifically proven laser system that prevents the spreading of Avian Flu

As Minnesota’s agricultural community braces itself against the persistent threat of avian influenza (AI), a groundbreaking solution emerges from a study conducted at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The AVIX Autonomic Laser Bird Deterrent system has demonstrated remarkable efficacy in curbing the spread of bird flu by deterring wild waterfowl from poultry farms.

Wageningen University’s research sheds light on the profound impact of the AVIX Autonomic system. In a study conducted on a free-range poultry farm, the laser bird deterrent exhibited an astounding 99.7% reduction rate in wild bird presence.

The mechanism behind the laser bird deterrent is as ingenious as it is effective. By projecting a green laser beam across areas where birds frequent, the system creates the illusion of a physical threat, prompting birds to flee instinctively. This proactive approach not only mitigates the risk of direct contact between wild birds and domestic poultry but also minimizes the potential for contamination of water sources shared by both bird populations.

Armin Elbers, the project leader of the study at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR), emphasizes the significance of this breakthrough. “In this study, we confirm the high efficacy of using lasers to reduce the daily number of wild bird visits to the free-range area of a layer farm situated in an AIV-hotspot area,” Elbers asserts.

Such validation underscores the transformative potential of the AVIX laser technology as a frontline defense against Avian Influenza outbreaks in poultry farms.

Bird Control Group’s automated laser bird repellent provides 24/7 protection from wild birds by shining a green laser light in the area affected by the problem. Get in touch via the form below if you are interested in learning more.