Protecting our hens
New Zealand’s egg farming industry is one of the best in the world, partly because we are free from many of the avian illnesses found in other countries. We are unique internationally in being free from three of the most devastating diseases: Newcastle Disease (ND), Avian Influenza (AI) and Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD).
Government quarantine regulations are imposed to protect the superior health status of the national poultry flock and native birds, and so there are no imports of table eggs in this country.
The EPF supports the retention and continued improvement of the regulations to ensure New Zealand’s unique disease-free status is maintained and our valuable egg farming industry is well protected.
Biosecurity regulations on individual farms are equally important to protect the health and wellbeing of the hens and people visiting or working on the farm. The above image shows a poster in an egg farm in New Zealand, outlining common biosecurity rules.