The HPAI/H5N8 virus was brought into Europe by wild, migrating birds. Observations show that it is highly virulent towards both poultry and numerous species of wild birds. The HPAI virus, H5N8 sub-type currently occurs in wild birds in Europe, in at least 23 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Germany, Hungary, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. Almost all cases of the HPAI/H5N8 virus were identified in birds living in water-based habitats. The virus was found in wild birds in Europe in 450 locations.
Summary: Overall, prices are still at the low for the year. There is still the trend of some selective factories in need of cash and selling duck down inventory at below market rates, but the availability of this material (acceptable quality) has dropped, so the overall trend is that we are at the floor of the market. Goose down prices are holding, mainly due to a tighter supply of quality material.