A controversial decision by state agriculture officials is drawing the ire of backyard chicken owners and supporters.
The identification program is usually voluntary, but has been made mandatory for all backyard poultry farmers.
“In planning our response for highly pathogenic avian influenza, one problem we’ve come across is that we can’t protect birds that we don’t know exist,” said State Veterinarian Doug Meckes. “We need to know where poultry are located so we can properly protect commercial and backyard flocks.”
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