The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced a suspected outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus at Reynolds Game Farm affecting the farm’s pheasant population. DEC began investigation over suspicious deaths on March 20, and initial test results indicate a possible outbreak of the H5N1 avian influenza (AI) virus. DEC is working closely with animal health experts at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory to determine next steps at the farm. This situation will be rapidly evolving, and the DEC will update us as we hear more about the farm and the effect it will have on the Pheasant Program. Any question regarding the Reynolds Game Farm, please contact the DEC. Any questions regarding HPAI, please call CCE Sullivan Agriculture Production Program Manager, Michelle Proscia at 845-292-6180 ext 129.
Are you a 4-H youth looking for an experimental learning opportunity? Help the 4-H Animal Science Program and the DEC to raise and release pheasant chicks into the wild! Submit an order form to the 4-H Youth Development Program Manager, Barbara Moran, by March 20th to get day-old chicks for free!
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Last updated March 24, 2023