ND breaks out at Seng Choon egg farm in Singapore

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Seng Choon Farm, one of three largest layer farms in Singapore, has seen an outbreak of Newcastle disease (ND), a viral disease in poultry that can cause a temporary drop in egg production.

As a result, Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said there will be some supply disruption from the farm in coming weeks. However, SFA stressed that ND is not a food safety concern, as reported by The Straits Times.

Seng Choon Farm’s Managing Director, Koh Yeow Koon said the first signs of ND appeared in the third week of February, when there was a dip in egg production.

Laboratory test results from the Animal Veterinary Service (AVS) confirmed ND, which affects the respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems of birds.

ND, which is endemic in the region, has resulted in a 40-50% drop in egg production, said Mr Koh. The farm typically produces about 600,000 eggs daily, about 10% of Singapore’s supply.

Mr Koh said the farm will be conducting more frequent cleaning to prevent the disease from spreading, and relook the vaccination program for its chickens, such as by giving them additional shots.

“The chickens will recover, and egg supply will gradually resume,” he said, adding that egg supply is expected to recover in about 1-2 months.

Both SFA and AVS have been working closely with Seng Choon to manage the disease situation.

SFA said it has also been engaging the other two laying hen farms which supply the local market – Chew’s Agriculture and N&N Agriculture – to step up their biosecurity measures.

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Managing Editor and Editor of Asian Poultry Magazine, Jakarta, Indonesia. Arief juggles team directorial management regionally while monitoring avian disease with articles such as, ‘Bacterial enteritis could become a bigger problem by 2025’.