Feed and poultry producer Quantum says it had to cull 420,000 chickens in April in one of the first outbreaks of avian flu this season, with the likely result that the cost to provide eggs to the Western Cape will rise. 

A nearby competitor was also affected, it said. Quantum, the only JSE-listed egg producer, produces the Nulaid brand nationally. The latest outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was first detected at the Lemoenkloof layer farm near Malmesbury in the second half of April...

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