Wild turkeys are not scapegoats for avian disease in Ontario

wild-turkeys-2-by-ryan-campbell-2016A lot of angst is simmering in farm circles about the potential for disease to spread between wildlife and domestic livestock, such as poultry. The concerns are warranted, given how quickly disease can race through a herd and create huge losses.

But new research from the University of Guelph into the health status of Ontario wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) – which many producers in the province welcomed onto their farm during the birds’ reintroduction here in the 1980s — has given this species a clean bill of health.

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