Organic Farm and Hatchery for Rare Heritage Breeds
Blue and Lavender American geese with Cayuga and Silver Appleyard ducks hanging out at Tani Creek Farm (these birds were infected with the newly identified disease, mycoplasma 1220 at the time of this photo, showing just how healthy infected birds may appear)
June 9, 2016 New Waterfowl Disease Alert
A new waterfowl disease first discovered in the US at Metzer Farms in 2014 has lead to the complete loss of Tani Creek breeding stock.
If you bought waterfowl stock from Metzer Farms or us in the last two years, we highly recommend you read the information on our site. If you bought waterfowl from us in 2015, contact us and we will check your male birds for any signs of the disease.
We will be closed for sales until fall 2017.
Tani Creek breeding stock was afflicted with a new pathogenic disease of European origin recently brought to the US. Two WSDA veterinarians, who have studied our birds and are familar with this unique disease, believe the disease was transmitted through purchase of infected birds from the only known US source (Metzer Farms). Metzer Farms possibly purchased infected stock from Europe where it was first identified in 1986.
This new infectious agent, Mycoplasma species 1220 was first observed in the US in Toulouse geese at Metzer Farms (Salinas, CA) in 2014. This infection eventually results in a complete loss of fertility in males and currently there is no cure. Birds may appear perfectly healthy with the only outward sign being reduced fertility in the breeding season.
If you purchased any waterfowl livestock from Metzer Farms or us in the last two or three years we highly recommend you
, how to inspect your flock and how to keep them safe.
Because of this tragedy, we will be acquiring new breeding stock this year, after first, sadly, depopulating all our existing ~100 waterfowl breeders. Although, infected birds can be kept alive, stable and with reduced fertility, to accomplish this requires daily antibiotic treatment for life. Not only is this not organic, personally I feel it would risk spreading the disease to uninfected birds and even wild populations.
There is a silver lining amidst all this sadness. We are going to get the information about this disease out there so that breeders can be aware and we are happy to help anyone with concerns. We keep heritage breeding flocks because they have dangerously low populations and they might disappear one day -from a disease just like this!
WE HAVE STARTED OVER.
Our new goose breeding flock will comprise a mix of giant beautiful meat breeds (Giant Buff African, Embden, Toulouse, and American) recommended and provided by Holderread Waterfowl Farm. Holderread’s will also supply a new flock of Saxony and Appleyard ducks for our eggs and meat program. In our experience, Holderreads produce the finest and safest breeding stock in America and are worth the extra expense for the exceptional quality.
We discussed this disease outbreak with Dave Holderread, arguably the best and surely the most experienced waterfowl breeder in America. He had never heard of or seen anything like it! Unfortunately all our prime stock that we had previously received from him became infected when they mixed with birds from our only other supplier, Metzer Farms (Salinas, CA).
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