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USDA to Pay Dairies For Milk Loss Due to Bird Flu

Progressive Farmer’s Chris Clayton reported Thursday that “USDA will now pay dairy farmers for lost milk production if their herds have been infected with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza.”

“Starting Monday, July 1, producers who have confirmed infections in their herds can apply for lost milk production at the Farm Service Agency under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP),” Clayton reported. “The program will pay those dairy farmers up to 90% of milk-production losses for farms infected in the H5N1 outbreak.”

“To apply and receive payments, producers must show that their herds have confirmed positive tests through USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL),” Clayton reported. “In calculating the ELAP payments, the per-cow milk loss will be determined based on an expected 21-day period of no milk production when a cow is removed from the milking herd, followed by seven days when the cow has returned to milking but produces 50% of the normal amount of production, USDA stated.”

June 28, 2024



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