Increased biosecurity efforts are protecting against avian influenza outbreaks in Michigan.

While Michigan is the nation’s 7th largest producer of eggs and 15th largest turkey producer, the industry has yet to be hit by avian influenza.

Rob Knecht, a third generation egg farmer from Southwest Michigan, is vice president of operations with egg producer Konos, Inc. and president of Michigan Allied Poultry Industries.  Knecht testified before a Senate ag hearing about Michigan’s preventative crisis response to avian influenza.

“Through the entire crisis we coordinated a Michigan-wide weekly call that includes many Michigan poultry stakeholders including partner industries including feed companies, Michigan State University’s Extension staff, Michigan’s Department of Ag and Michigan’s state veterinarian.”

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Michigan Allied Poultry Industries is a producer-led organization that serves and represents over 50 Michigan family-owned poultry farms with more than 15 million laying hens, 6 million chicken broilers, and 5.3 million turkeys represented.  Michigan Allied Poultry is committed to the advancement and prosperity of the poultry industry through advocacy, education and development.

Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, Inc.
PO Box 144
Hamilton, MI 49419
Office: 517.372.5250