Blog/International Races/Quarantine Updates
Saturday, June 29 2019
YOUR BIRDS HAVE SAFELY ARRIVED IN SOUTH AFRICA!!!!
THEY WILL NOW GO THROUGH 30 DAYS OF GOVERNMENT QUARANTINE IN SOUTH AFRICA, AND THEN BE RELEASED TO THE RACE.
PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ALL FUTURE INVENTORY LISTS, SA QUARANTINE, TRAINING UPDATES, ETC.
Thursday, June 27 2019
I’ve mentioned this before but it’s worth mentioning again. The new USPS Express Rates for shipping “Lives” won’t be going down anytime soon.
You already probably know now what it costs to send just (2) or (4) birds. It is VERY EXPENSIVE now!!
One of the best alternative ways in getting your birds safely and quickly shipped to our quarantine facility located here in Utah, is to ship via Delta Airlines or American Airlines Cargo.
You get much better value for the money, and the birds are normally delivered THE SAME DAY they are shipped from your airport as opposed to being in the postal system sometimes 2-3 even 4 days before they are delivered to us.
Private message me if you have questions, or are unfamiliar with shipping with the airlines. I personally prefer the AIRLINES way versus Postal delivery.
You WILL definitely save money in the long run if you can send us a crate full of 20 birds on the airlines. Join with your local flyers, gather the birds together in your area, and then split the costs. It’s more economical and it’s definitely better on your birds!
If you can ship the birds out of your local airport, we can pick them up at Salt Lake City International Airport anytime throughout the week.
Monday, June 24 2019
YOUR BIRDS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO SOUTH AFRICA!!!
I just want to reach out and let you know that we were able to successfully get all the birds basketed at 3am this morning so that we could ship this large group of birds out today since it was our only short window of opportunity this week to do so with temperatures being below 80 degrees. The rest of the week will be in the 90's. We had our final USDA Inspection signoff of the birds also this morning, all the International Health Certificates were issued for the birds, and I can tell you that this group of birds that headed out was very strong, and in great shape and health. All the birds have fresh feed and water in each crate to last them their entire journey to SA. A total of 302 birds shipped out.
It would have been nice to have not had to deal with the percentage of losses (Approximately 10% of entire flock) we experienced this year strictly due to Circo, but we also realize its part of the territory with bringing in birds from all over the country. This was the largest quarantine we have performed to date.
The birds are now in JFK as I type this notification, and they will have a short layover there before they board SA Airways for their direct non-stop flight to Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. We will begin our administrative paperwork process tomorrow with scanning in all of the Entry Forms we received, along with preparing to send the large bank wire transfer for those of you that sent us your entry fees.
Please Note: If you happen to have had any birds that died in quarantine which you paid reserve deposits on, please email us and let us know right away if you don't want us to forward all of the money you originally sent to us, so that it can be deposited into your SA Account for future use. If you had any birds that died in quarantine, you should have been notified of this already, and we simply mention that 1 credit is issued for that bird that did not go.
I want to thank you for supporting our services and want to wish you the best of success in this year's race.
The Derby Arona Race Intake is happening now, and several have expressed interest to use their existing credits to send to this race. If you would like to do so, please let us know. We will accept birds until July 20th for the first shipment that will be scheduled for this fall.
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Friday, June 21 2019
Your birds that are at our quarantine facility are all doing well. They are all super healthy, and being held in an entirely different building than our SA birds. They receive top quality feed, grit, and fresh water daily as is our best practice. No health issues to report. Thanks for sending nice healthy birds. If at any time in the quarantine process a bird looks questionable, the owner is notified, and the bird will go into sickbay until it looks like it is ready to go back in with the main group of birds. We will continue accepting birds for this quarantine group, until July 20th. Those in this group that arrive before the July 20th intake deadline will be scheduled to ship out the middle of Sept.
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Wednesday, June 19 2019
Hope you are all well and you all had a wonderful Father's Day this past week.
It's been an extremely busy week here at our quarantine facility. There are some issues we are experiencing with our email program....so, as I mentioned previously if you don't get an email from me, this blog contains the updates you would have otherwise received with an email message. Its always good to have a secondary backup for quarantine updates. These blog updates on our website are much more reliable than ANY email system on the planet could deliver, simply because we can control how it's delivered and posted on our website. All you have to do is regularly visit this page, which is live 24/7.
I am barely just getting around to being able to do some recent updates for the SAMDPR Quarantine, (Notice the only time I have to post this is currently past midnight right now as we speak). My day time hrs are completely consumed with getting the birds all ready for next weeks planned shipment to South Africa. I am also in the process of notifying a breeder or two, regarding their birds that did not make it through quarantine these past days. Same Circo issue. Their immune systems simply were not strong enough to overcome the virus. If you lost a bird, you will be notified before this group is shipped to SA, or same day.
As you may recall in my last update, we did have testing done this past Thursday on (28) birds, and the great news to report is all birds tested negative for AI and no PMV. All the birds were in great shape, nicely filling out and developing. We have overcome that hurdle which is a huge relief, especially with all that has taken place with AI and Newcastle Virus being in the news in neighboring states.
We are in the clear as far as that issue is concerned. Our DVM is the controlling authority who oversees and advises us on our operations and quarantine methods. We have still been advised to avoid using any antibiotics with this group of birds, and are pleased to note that the losses have been minimal since last week. It looks like the bird's immunity has been strengthened. We had the droppings of some of the birds looked at, and our DVM mentioned they appear normal, which is also a good thing. We are very fortunate to have a DVM who specializes in birds and Avian Species. These are harder to find nowadays, and only a few are located here in the State of Utah.
The airline flights are now booked and finalized, and now it's just a matter of whether the temperatures will cooperate next week, in order to get these birds shipped safely out of Salt Lake City International Airport so that they can catch their connection flight direct to Johannesburg SA.
Just a fair warning since we are less than a week out from shipping to SA...If you reach out to me and for whatever reasons I'm unable to respond right away, or in a day or two, or 3, through text, or FB, or email, please do not take offense to this. It is not in any way shape or form, intentional on my behalf. Most likely it's because I am super busy with getting all the necessary documents prepared, signed and completed, as well as getting all the preparatory work done, so your birds can get out on time as planned. There is a ton of work that is involved in this process, and I am the main person that does most of the work. We have a very short window to accomplish all that needs to be done, and the last week leading up to our export date is ALWAYS very hectic and crazy. I am next to impossible to reach because of this. We will notify you all once the birds are safely on their way to SA, as has been done in the past.
Our final USDA Inspection is scheduled to be done on Monday, 6/24/2019. At the latest, the birds may be shipped on Tuesday or Wednesday if all goes well. We always have to plan for contingencies as we are at the mercy of the Airlines Regulations regarding shipping live animals, and some airlines can simply reject a shipment just a few hours prior to their anticipated departure if temperatures reach over 80 degrees.
We want to thank you for supporting our quarantine efforts and look forward to this year's race.
As a friendly reminder........
If you have some late hatches and are not sure of which races to enter them in, consider entering the Derby Arona Race which takes place in Spain. We are the exclusive exporter for this race, and we are collecting birds weekly and will continue collecting until July 20th deadline. The cost of 1 team of 5 birds is $750. This $750 includes 1 bird being activated, and 4 reserves which can later be activated in Dec at the cost of $250 USD Per Bird.
The $750 also includes the shipping and quarantine fees, and there are NO PERCH FEES FOR THIS RACE. You have plenty of time to get a team to us. Simply let us know ahead of time regarding how many teams you plan on sending to us, and please fill out the entry form here and send it to us completed, with the birds and payment.
Please make all payments payable to our business which is:
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Wednesday, June 12 2019
A TEAM CONSISTS OF 5 BIRDS. 1 ACTIVE + 4 RESERVES. $750.00 TOTAL. ANY REMAINING RESERVE BIRDS CAN BE LATER ACTIVATED IN DECEMBER FOR $250 PER BIRD.
THIS COUNTDOWN TIMER BELOW SHOWS APPROXIMATELY THE NUMBER OF DAYS YOU HAVE REMAINING TO GET YOUR BIRDS TO OUR EXPORT QUARANTINE FACILITY.
38 days 11 hours 0 minute 39 seconds
Sunday, June 09 2019
We are getting closer to our shipment date, which is approximately 14 days out from today. This past week we have unfortunately had a few more bird losses due to Circo Virus, which has officially now been confirmed by the Necropsy report. All owners are notified anytime a bird is removed from quarantine or needs to go into the sick bay for treatment, accordingly. We are doing all that we can to keep these birds healthy, but the virus is still attacking some of the birds despite all of our efforts. Our DVM has advised us to NOT give the birds ANY antibiotics, as this could actually do more harm than good to the birds.
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