Where are the Pheasants at Rockport Farm
Hi, does anyone know if the pheasants are still at Rockport Farm..
We drove by there yesterday and did not any of them at all.
They will not be rearing pheasants there. They will purchase adults birds for the stocking program. It is all explained on the website.
Well, that's a shame. Hysteria over "bird flu", with all the overbearing regulations to go with it.
"No human infections with U.S. H5 viruses have occurred" [in America]
Just more BS "busy work" so the govt can look like their actually WORKING, if you ask me.
“However, due to recent changes in quarantine requirements in the USDA National Poultry Improvement Plan in response to Avian Influenza, the raising of pheasants would require costly measures that the Division simply cannot afford.”
So government regulations are too hard/costly even for the government to afford, it seems.
Does anyone know the economic impact of not doing this vs the cost of providing such service. I can't imagine that it was money making venture anymore if ever.
Sad,. used to see them all when driving over there often...
Thanks for the updates, everyone.
The Rockport Pheasant Farm has preserved valuable open space since 1912 and is now part of the Rockport WMA. However, due to recent changes in quarantine requirements in the USDA National Poultry Improvement Plan in response to Avian Influenza, the raising of pheasants would require costly measures that the Division simply cannot afford. These measures include sanitizing all vehicles that enter and exit Quote: "The facility, constructing decontamination rooms for each building, and assigning staff to work only in one building or area of the farm. Consequently, meeting these requirements would not only be cost prohibitive, but would require doubling the amount of staff. Therefore, the Division is pursuing alternatives to raising our own pheasants.
Recognizing the challenge ahead, the Fish and Game Council voted in February to expand the purchase of adult pheasants to satisfy 100% of the birds needed for the stocking program. While there are several procurement challenges associated with this approach, we expect to fully implement this plan in 2019. As a result, no pheasants will be reared at the Rockport Pheasant Farm in 2019, provided that we are successful in developing the necessary contracts with outside vendors to purchase these birds."
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