By Fadi Didi
New program involves individual groups who meet to help farmers keep their animals healthy.
The Ontario Animal Health Network is now operating.
It's a new program where individual groups meet to help farmers keep their animals healthy.
Doctor Melanie Barham of the Animal Health Lab says there are groups to deal with specific species.
And each group will include representatives from the provincial agriculture department, the Ontario Veterinary College and private vets.
Barham adds they'll meet every three months to get a picture of what diseases are on farms and what treatments and testing may be available to deal with them.
More news today about the Avian bird flu.
The virus has been discovered at a farm in Iowa that holds nearly 10 per cent of the state's egg-laying chickens.
That means up to 5.3 million hens will be killed.
The U-S Department of Agriculture has confirmed the highly infectious and deadly H-5-N-2 virus.
Iowa is home to roughly 59 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs consumed in the United States.
Avian influenza experts warn the H-5 bird flu viruses crossing North America may be around for a while.
The coming nesting season -- which will see wild birds converge on breeding grounds in Northern Canada and Alaska -- could further spread the virus.
And that could produce a new wave of outbreaks in poultry operations when the birds fly south in the fall.
A second farm in southwestern Ontario has tested positive for the bird flu virus.