The following information explains some important changes being made at gbwf.org If you are not familiar with the site, check it out. You must register to view the Tailgate/Swap/Events forum, Aviary Design forum, Incubation & Hatching forum, Buy/Sell/Trade forum and much more.
The purpose of this letter is to introduce myself (for those who don’t know me), to tell you a little about some of the things that I am doing with GBWF, and, to invite your organization and your members to visit my website dedicated to the Aviculture and Conversation of the World’s Galliformes.
My name is Jerry Morse and I’m the new owner of GBWF. GBWF stands for Galliformes (Game Birds) & Anseriformes (Waterfowl). GBWF promotes conservation through aviculture, awareness of threatened and endangered species, husbandry, education and interaction with fellow enthusiasts worldwide and is located at the following internet address: http://www.gbwf.org.
I began raising pheasants and joined my first few aviculture clubs in the late 90’s. Since then, I’ve been actively involved in aviculture and support various clubs and organizations focused on captive breeding of Game Birds and Waterfowl. Much of what I’ve learned about pheasants through the years can be attributed to these organizations and from the highly knowledgeable enthusiasts who were or are members within them. So now, I find myself desiring to continue the tradition of sharing aviculture knowledge as well as bringing people together who have a common cause and passion.
GBWF was originally created on May 26, 1997 and maintained for many years by Dan Cowell. In late 2016, Dan decided he no longer desired to continue maintaining the website and it was put up for sale. I made an offer which was accepted. Once the transfer of ownership was completed, the website was then moved to a new host where we’ve been making some major changes. The motivation behind my purchasing GBWF was to ensure that gbwf.org will continue to be the go-to internet resource for enthusiasts of Game Birds & Waterfowl as it was originally intended and to also help promote the different club/organizations like yours by bringing people together that are involved in captive-breeding programs with regards to Galliformes and Anseriformes primarily.
Since purchasing GBWF, we’ve been reworking the website to better benefit your organization and other select aviculture clubs. Some of these changes include providing direct links to your club/organization website or Facebook group/page from the main page. These links are included in the menu that’s conveniently located on the left side of our main page. Also, there is an existing advertising banner near the bottom of the main page that presently directs traffic to the Pennsylvania Aviculture Society. My plans are to change this paid banner/advertisement to an “Organization of the Month” free banner that then rotates on a monthly or other pre-determined basis for the club being highlighted. For example, APWS in January, CVPWS in February, GGBBA in March, etc, etc...
Other changes made thus far involve the forums section. Within the website, new forums have been created that now include private rooms for each of the (11) clubs/organizations listed on the main page. The purpose for these “rooms” is to provide your club and its members private areas (out of view from the general public) to discuss club business behind closed doors. Rooms can also be used to permanently, or not, house information for current/future club reference or for pretty much anything you desire to put in there. The private rooms will require a password to get in and it will be the responsibility/decision of your club/organization to approve who can enter the private room. Details can be worked out on an individual club basis such as setting the password for the room or assigning moderator privileges to a specific person. More information can be found in the Club Corner of the forums.
Basic information about GBWF access and registering:
Registration is free.
Registration is not a requirement in order to access or view the website or any of its 400+ web pages.
Registration is not required to view the following three subjects within the forums; Forum Access & Membership, GBWF Website Announcements & Updates, or Club Corner Introduction.
Registration is required to gain access to the private rooms and remainder of the forums. These include the Tailgate/Swap/Events forum, Aviary Design forum, Incubation & Hatching forum, Buy/Sell/Trade forum and much more.
Premium Memberships are available for folks to buy/sell in the classified section, but that’s not the focus of this website. There’s more info on the website about donations and memberships if interested.
Why is GBWF doing this?
Better promote Aviculture & the various Clubs involved in it across the US.
Help raise interest & awareness of Galliformes both in captivity and the wild!
Provide more club visibility to others. Help generate more interest in our hobby.
Provide a place where one can easily reach out to interact/collaborate with other clubs and members.
Dedicate a location where important information regarding subjects from medications to behavioral experiences can be shared publicly or confidentially.
Help focus on captive-breeding and the challenges presented with it.
In general, provide a place where knowledge is shared and archived for todays and future aviculturists.
Thank you very much for allowing me the opportunity to introduce GBWF to your organization's board of directors and membership. I’m hopeful that your club is interested in “partnering” with GBWF to help further advance aviculture in the US. Feel free to contact me with any feedback/comments as to what I am proposing or if you have any additional needs, questions or concerns. Thank you very much for your time.
To Contact Us:
Our newsletter Heartland News is published bimonthly. March-April Heartland News was mailed 3/28/17. The purpose of this page is to make available newsworthy information that comes to me after the last newsletter was printed. I am working on the May-June newsletter which will go to the printers May 20th. If you have ads or a coming event to list, get it to me by May 12th.
Ed Simms, who set up near the main arena at the auction and sold wire, cages, etc. died March 1. Robert E. Orth, Sr. died March 16. Gene Leffelmann, Amboy, IL died March 19. Please remember the families of these men in your thoughts and prayers.
The following information was emailed to me by
Kansas Department of Agriculture
Division of Animal Health
1320 Research Park Dr.
Manhattan, KS 66502
Dear Poultry Producers:
I’m sure most of you are already aware of the recent outbreaks of High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (HPAI) and notifiable Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (LPAI) that have occurred in various states in the last two weeks. Currently, H7N9 HPAI has been confirmed in two broiler breeder operations in Tennessee. These flocks have been depopulated to prevent further spread of HPAI. In addition, there have been several flocks in Tennessee and Alabama that have been confirmed with H7N9 LPAI virus. These flocks have also been depopulated, due to the likelihood of the LPAI virus converting to HPAI. These viruses are all of North American wild bird lineage and are not related to the Asian H7N9 virus currently seen in parts of China. In addition to these flocks, there has also been a flock in Wisconsin with LPAI H5N2 virus.
I wanted to pass on this information to remind you that Avian Influenza is still out there and able to cause catastrophic losses within the poultry industry. I’m sure you are still very aware of the massive HPAI outbreak the poultry industry suffered in 2015. This outbreak cost USDA nearly $1 billion to bring under control and cost the poultry industry billions more in lost genetics, lost markets and lost sales. Sadly, much of this could have been prevented with good biosecurity.
Some common biosecurity breaks found in these operations was:
Sharing employees or insemination crews between operations
Employees from separate operations living with each other and passing infected material on
shoes or clothing to each other while at home or in vehicles
Sharing services such as grain hauling, rendering or manure disposal with vehicles driving into areas where poultry workers move back and forth (Infected debris spread on tires, or on hauled litter)
Employees having contact with wild waterfowl via hunting activities
Failure to maintain a line of separation between the poultry barns and other activities off site of the operation
Failure to maintain a line of separation between poultry houses on a single facility
Now would be a good time to review your biosecurity plans or develop one if you do not already have one. Attached are the “Biosecurity Principles” that will be included in the Code of Federal regulations. (I could not convert the PDF for publishing on the web site, but if you google Bio-Security Principles, you will find them) In the future, following these biosecurity principles will be required for larger poultry operations such as commercial chicken, turkey and upland gamebird and waterfowl that meet certain size requirements. Following these principles could determine the amount of indemnity a flock may be paid in the event HPAI or an H5/H7 LPAI affects the flock and depopulation is required.
Though I hope this is never necessary, if you should have an outbreak of H5/H7 AI that would require your flock to obtain funding for euthanized poultry indemnity and for premises cleaning and disinfection, you will need both a DUNS Number and a Premises Identification Number (PIN). The DUNS number can be obtained at https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. You can obtain a PIN by contacting Lindy Singular at the KDA Division of Animal Health at 785-564-6601, or email her at email@example.com. Having these numbers in advance will help expedite response work and indemnity payments.
If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Paul Grosdidier at 785-633-3638 or at
Paul N. Grosdidier, DVM
Kansas NPIP Co-coordinator
Emailed on behalf of Dr. Paul Grosdidier.
My friend Mike Mecke in Texas sent me this file: Cornucopia: Bird Flu said to be caused and spread by Factory Farmed Poultry, not Wild Birds
Industrial Agriculture Likely Created Bird Flu
February 8th, 2017
Cornucopia’s Take: New research suggests that bird flu is caused and spread by factory farmed birds, and not brought in by wild birds, who are commonly blamed for the epidemics of the last decade. In fact, there are no recorded instances of bird flu in wild bird populations until 2005.
Industrial Production of Poultry Gives Rise to Deadly Strains of Bird Flu H5Nx
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy by Rob Wallace, PhD
Multiple outbreaks of deadly H5 bird flu are decimating poultry across Europe,
Asia, and the Middle East.
The epidemic, moving across Eurasia in wave after wave, follows an eruption of
H5N2 here in the U.S. in 2015. All the new strains—H5N2, H5N3, H5N5, H5N6,
H5N8, and H5N9, together called H5Nx—are descendants of the H5N1 subtype
that first emerged in China in 1997 and since 2003 has killed 452 people… To read the rest of the article, copy this link and go to:
HOAGBA Bird & Animal Auction Gardner, KS
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