Manitoba Egg Producers in collaboration with Manitoba Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency conducted a full scale avian influenza exercise last weekend.

General Manager Penny Kelly explains a local egg farmer, who was at the end of his current laying cycle, allowed C.F.I.A. to practice their methods for human euthanasia.

She adds on-site composting techniques were also tested.

Kelly feels a number of things were accomplished by taking part, including gaining first hand experience in an outbreak situation.

She expects similar exercises may take place in the future in order for authorities to stay in practice.