Boksburg egg farm shuts due to bird flu

File: A farm that produces 400,000 eggs daily has closed after its hens got avian flu. Photo: eNCA/Zaid Bassier

JOHANNESBURG – A farm in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni has stopped its operations as a result of the outbreak of bird flu.

Gauteng MEC of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile will visit the Rooikraal Arendnes farm in Vredebos on Tuesday.

The farm has been severely affected by bird flu.

When in operation it produces about 400,000 eggs a day, which it supplies to big retailers.  

READ: Bird flu in Western Cape to impact the poor

The (HPAI) H5N8 bird flu virus was first detected in South Africa in June.

It recently struck Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo facilities. About 550 carcasses were recovered from the Westdene and Emmarentia dams, Zoo Lake and the Johannesburg Zoo.

Maile said he would visit Rooikraal Arendnes farm to “solicit a deeper understanding” of the impact of the disease outbreak, and engage with senior management of the farm who are faced with possible job losses as a result of the closure of operations.

On Monday, Western Cape egg producer Quantum Foods temporarily closed two sites of the Lemoenkloof commercial layer farm in the wake of the bird flu outbreak. 

The two sites represent eight percent of the national egg supply of the group, resulting in a total of 17 percent of the group’s national egg supply now being affected by bird flu.

 

Birdflu by Estelle Bronkhorst

African News Agency

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