Rabbits & Skunks Can Pass Bird Flu To Ducks, Biologist SaysA government wildlife researcher has found that rabbits and skunks can become infected with the bird flu virus and shed it enough to infect ducks — offering scientists one more clue about how bird flu may move in the environment and spread between farms, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
1 Year After Outbreak, Bird Flu Still Worries Turkey FarmersA year after the bird flu outbreak in Minnesota, turkey farmers remain on high alert. Last year's outbreak killed 9 million birds in the state and cost more than $650 million.
Egg Production In Iowa Slowly Recovering After Last Year's Bird FluIowa egg farms are bouncing back from last year's bird flu outbreak but rebuilding flocks with millions of new egg layers is taking time as the industry predicted.
Minnesota Lifts Quarantines On Farms Infected With Bird FluMinnesota has lifted the last remaining quarantines on poultry farms that were infected with highly pathogenic bird flu, marking a milestone in the state's recovery from an outbreak that cost its turkey and egg producers over 9 million birds.
Thanksgiving Turkey Prices Impacted By Bird FluSo much of the turkey talk this year has been about the bird flu. Minnesota was one of a handful of states that saw an epidemic that wiped out millions of turkeys.
Wholesale Price Of Fresh Turkeys Up This Thanksgiving, But Not DrasticallyBird flu took a bite out of the turkey supply. Heavy rain washed out the pumpkin crop. Yet Thanksgiving groceries likely won't cost Americans much more than last year, and nobody should have to miss gobbling down their favorite holiday foods.
Ducks Shot By Minnesota Hunters Test Negative For Bird FluTests on over 750 ducks shot by Minnesota hunters this fall have turned up no signs of the kind of bird flu that devastated the Midwest poultry industry earlier this year.
Minnesota Turkey Farmers Bracing For Possible Return Of Bird FluThanksgiving is next month and this year, it comes after the bird flu killed millions of Minnesota turkeys. Last spring, more than 100 farms across the state had infected flocks of turkeys that had to be destroyed.
Iowa Company 1 Of 2 Awarded Contract By USDA For Bird Flu Vaccines A federal agency has awarded contracts to two companies to manufacture a bird flu vaccine. But officials haven't decided whether to give the doses to poultry to protect against a disease that led to the destruction of 48 million chickens and turkeys this spring.
Despite Bird Flu, Minnesota Still Top Turkey Producing StateMinnesota has retained its ranking as the nation's top turkey producing state despite this year's bird flu outbreak. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting that the country will raise 228 million turkeys this year, down 4 percent from the number raised in 2014.
Tests On Ducks Could Provide Early Warning On Bird FluAs the poultry industry braces for a potential return of bird flu this fall, wildlife managers expect the first results next week from tests that could provide an early warning on whether ducks are carrying the disease as they fly south for the winter.
USDA Adds Suffocation To Bird Flu Euthanasia MethodsA new federal bird flu control policy says ventilation systems must be shut off as a means of suffocating entire poultry barns if other methods of euthanasia cannot be completed within 24 hours. It was among several new policies released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.