HPAI Risk Assessment for Maine Flocks
- Status of HPAI in Maine
- USDA APHIS Wild Bird Detections
- USDA APHIS Domestic Birds Detections
- USDA Defend the Flock: Biosecurity Resources
The goal of Animal Health, a unit of the Division of Animal and Plant Health, is to prevent the introduction and spread of contagious diseases among poultry and livestock, promote public health and food safety as it relates to zoonotic disease, to enhance the quality and health of livestock, and to maintain fair practices in the buying and selling of poultry and livestock.
Our objective is disease control through regulation and education. We ensure the health of animals to ensure the public health. We provide technical assistance and law enforcement to control livestock and poultry diseases. Enforcement of permit regulations, prompt diagnosis of disease, surveillance testing programs, a reportable disease list, the accreditation of veterinarians, licensed livestock and poultry dealers and auction sales are key activities. The movement of livestock and pets entering Maine is regulated.
On this page:
- Animal Health Resources
- Backyard Poultry
- Avian Influenza and Resources
- Cervid Program
- Rabies Resources
- Contact Us
- 4/22/2022: Maine Animal Health Officials Issue Advisory Regarding Poultry Swaps and Exhibitions In Response to Bird Flu Cases
- 3/31/2022: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Situational Report
- 3/17/2022: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Situational Report
- 2/23/2022: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Situational Report
- 2/21/2022: Maine Officials Respond to Avian Influenza Detected in Knox County
- 2/14/2022: Surveillance testing in New Hampshire identifies H5 HPAI infected wild birds. Read the public announcement. This virus is very likely circulating in Maine's wild birds too. Prevent this virus from impacting your poultry by keeping them separate from wild birds and their environment. Learn more here: Defend the Flock Resource Center.
- 2/10/2022: USDA Confirms first case of H5 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in US poultry since 2015. This HPAI virus has also been confirmed in our Atlantic Flyway. Maine poultry producers need to take biosecurity steps now to protect their birds. Please call DACF Animal Health, UMaine Extension or your flock veterinarian if you need guidance.
- 1/27/2022: Avian Influenza detections continue in the Atlantic Flyway. Stay up to date and learn how to protect your birds at the USDA 2022 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza website.
- 1/14/2022: USDA APHIS announces first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in US since 2016. This case was detected in a wild bird in South Carolina. Maine poultry producers are encouraged to implement wild bird exclusion and farm sanitation practices for their farms. Call DACF Animal Health if you have questions or suspect AI in your flock.
- 1/12/22: Additional avian influenza cases detected in 2022. Read January 2022: Letter to Maine Poultry Producers (PDF).
- 11/18/2021- It’s Avian Influenza Season! As migratory waterfowl are making their way through Maine, it is important to be proactive about protecting your flock from contagious diseases. Multiple types of Avian Influenza have been detected in this population already this season. Visit the USDA Defend the Flock program to learn more about flock protection though biosecurity, or check out this video from the University of Maryland Extension Service. Updates regarding influenza in Maine can be found on this page under “Avian Influenza and Resources”
- 9/2/2021 - African Swine Fever: tune into a week of FREE webinars Sept 13-17 to learn about this foreign animal disease from USDA experts. Get the schedule of webinar topics and register to participate (PDF).
- 6/29/2021 - USDA launches #FlockDefender program to provide FREE poultry health and biosecurity tools for youth and student audiences (PDF)
- 12/29/2020- Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been identified in wild and domestic birds in Europe and Asia. Check out this ME DACF notice (PDF) for more information about HAPI and protecting your poultry flock in Maine.
- 8/31/2020 - August 2020 Rabbit Health Advisory (PDF)
- 8/6/2020 - Federal CDC reports outbreaks of salmonella in people that are linked to exposure to live poultry. The number of salmonella cases seen so far this year is increased when compared to the number of cases identified last year. See the resources below for tips about keeping people and their poultry healthy!
- 6/23/2020 - Summer 2020 Swine Health Update (PDF)
- 6/2/2020- Both the Southern California vND and South Carolina HPAI quarantine zones have been lifted!
- 3/26/2020 - Due to concerns for COVID-19 transmission we are recommending that all DACF certified NPIP testers postpone all non-essential flock recertification activities.
- 3/10/2020 - Focus on Farm Biosecurity in the Midst of Disease Outbreaks – Farming Smart in the COVID-19 Era
- Statutes and Rules
- Animal Disease Traceability Program
- Reportable Diseases
- Livestock Importation
- Livestock Production and Market Development Assistance
- SMART: State of Maine Animal Resources Team
- Manual of Best Management Practices for Maine Agriculture (PDF)
- Food Scraps for Swine (PDF)
- Large Animal Veterinarian List (XLS)
5/4/2021 - The NPIP Independent Tester roster is currently full. If you are interested in adding your name to our database for upcoming vacancies, please email your name, contact information and town you are based out of to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting the NPIP program in Maine!
- NPIP Independent Poultry Testers (PDF) - Updated October 4, 2021
- NPIP in Maine FAQ (PDF)
- Helping You, the Poultry Breeder, Prevent Disease: USDA (PDF)
- USDA 2020 Biosecurity Checklists for Poultry (PDF)
- How to Protect Your Birds: Backyard Biosecurity - USDA (PDF)
- NEW!: Biosecurity for Outdoor Poultry (ATTRA Video)
- Report Sick Birds (PDF)
- Healthy Families Healthy Flocks (PDF)
- Avian Influenza and Backyard Poultry: UMaine Cooperative Extension (PDF)
- Marek's Disease in Chickens - Penn State (PDF)
- Mycoplasma Factsheet (PDF)
- Pros & Cons of Poultry Swaps in New England: UMaine Cooperative Extension (PDF)
Avian Influenza 101
Maine's Preparedness for HPAI
Biosecurity Resources - Don't Accidentally Bring A Disease Into Your Flock
- USDA Defend the Flock
- USDA Biosecurity Tips: Wildlife Management (PDF)
- USDA Line of Separation Checklist (PDF)
- 6 Steps to Biosecurity for Backyard Flocks (PDF)
- Backyard Poultry Biosecurity: Preventing Outbreaks of Avian Influenza (VIDEO)
Commercial Producer Resources (What you need to know to keep your products moving if HPAI hits Maine)
- Secure Egg Supply
- Secure Broiler Supply
- Secure Turkey Supply
- Biosecurity Training Materials Videos and Printouts in English and Spanish
- Chapter 202-A: Commercial Large Game Shooting Areas (PDF)
- Chapter 203: Rules For Participation in Maine CWD Surveillance Program (PDF)
- Chapter 223: Rules for the Operation of Commerical Large Game Shooting Areas (PDF)
- Chapter 204: Licensing Requirements for Farmed Cervids (PDF)
For Cervid Producers
- Escaped Cervids - What to do Cheat Sheet (PDF)
- Cervid Producrs Letter RE: CWD in Quebec (PDF)
- Sample Cervid Farm Record Sheet- UMaineCoopExt (PDF)
- Sample Submission for CWD Surveillance Testing Cheat Sheet (PDF)
- What is Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)? - USGS (PDF)
- Maine CDC Animal Rabies Quarterly Report
- Rabies Management Guide 2017 (PDF)
- Evaluation of Animal Bites & Other Rabies Exposures (PDF)
|Contact Name / Topic Area||Phone|
|Michele Walsh, State Veterinarianemail@example.com||207-287-7615|
|Carolyn Hurwitz, Asst. State Veterinarianfirstname.lastname@example.org||207-592-6698|
|Rachael Fiske, Asst. State Veterinarianemail@example.com||207-592-3608|
|Donna Flint, Poultry Health Technicianfirstname.lastname@example.org||207-557-4623|
|Mark Hedrich, Nutrient Management Programemail@example.com||207-287-7608|
|Matt Randall, Ag. Compliance Programfirstname.lastname@example.org||207-557-0252|
|Carol Delaney, Livestock Specialistemail@example.com||
|General Questions, Animal Health||207-287-3701|
|For Importation Permits||207-287-3701|
|Animal Welfare Questions or Concerns||207-287-3846|