Infotech “It’s worse than anything”: between affliction and anger, poultry farmers suffer an unprecedented avian flu epidemic

“It’s worse than anything”: between affliction and anger, poultry farmers suffer an unprecedented avian flu epidemic




“For a long time, I could no longer return to the farm, empty of all life. » Myriam is a young farmer from Morbihan. In October 2021, she embarked with her partner on the breeding of laying hens: 300 Noirans hens, raised outdoors and organically, arrived on her land in January. Little by little, the farm made a name for itself among local merchants. It’s difficult, but breeding is starting to reach its cruising speed. It was without counting on the avian flu epizootic. And the obligation to slaughter all his livestock.

It was in March “the 15th, exactly”.

“We learn that there is a first case in a farm, far from home. We don’t worry. But a few days later, when new cases were detected in a building 800 meters from our farm, we started to hear about preventive culling…”

The memories are still vivid, and the emotion wins her over. Her voice trembles, the tears jostle as Myriam recounts. For several weeks, lost in administrative maze, she tries to save her farm. Because his hens are healthy, they do not present any risks. Without success: the verdict falls, like a cleaver, on April 8. The 300 animals must be slaughtered.

“If only they had been carriers of the virus… But that was not the case. I was forced to accept something unacceptable. »

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