The Board of Animal Health on Friday reported presumptive positive tests from flocks in Kandiyohi, Renville and Brown counties, while Blue Earth County recorded its first detection since the H5N2 virus was first confirmed in Minnesota in early March.
So far, 97 farms have been affected by the bird flu since the outbreak began in March. Kandiyohi County is ground zero with 37 of those farms. The state announced three new cases of the bird flu today, six new ones were reported yesterday.
Bird flu has returned to Minnesota after a lull of over a week with no new cases, with presumptive positive test results from six turkey farms. The new detections announced by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Tuesday.
Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on bills passed before the legislative session ended late Monday.
Iowa agriculture officials say an additional turkey farm in Pocahontas County has tested positive for bird flu. If confirmed, the case will be the third in that county. The case brings the Iowa total to 64 farms with bird flu.
Rembrandt Enterprises is laying off nearly 40 full-time employees, for now. The virus hit its egg-laying plant in Renville earlier this month and forced them to put down more than 2 million chickens.
The largest Minnesota farm to be hit by bird flu is temporarily laying off 39 full-time employees. The outbreak at the Rembrandt Enterprises egg farm in Renville was confirmed last week.
Minnesota notched six straight days without a new case of bird flu on Thursday, and though state officials aren’t ready to say the outbreak is over, they’re beginning to stand down.
Poultry shows have been canceled across South Dakota until further notice while officials attempt to halt the spread of bird flu. The South Dakota Animal Industry Board voted Wednesday to halt poultry exhibitions in the state, which will likely affect the South Dakota State Fair in September.
Hormel reported a record second-quarter profit of $180.2 million Wednesday despite the impacts of bird flu that has killed more than 8 million birds in Minnesota. The Austin, Minnesota, company had earnings of 67 cents per share Wednesday, topping Wall Street expectations by a nickel, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research.
Losses due to the bird flu in Minnesota are now estimated at more than $300-million dollars. It’s not just turkey farmers that are affected, the bird flu has created a trickle-down effect. It’s even impacted a wood-recycling company in Faribault.
The discovery of another infected flock of chickens will mean that 2 million birds will have to be destroyed — the latest casualties of the bird flu. Meanwhile, the economic impact of the flu is just beginning to be felt.
As many as 2 million chickens may be euthanized after bird flu was found in an egg-laying facility in central Minnesota.
Help is on the way for Minnesota farmers trying to bounce back from this year’s devastating outbreak of the bird flu. Millions of turkeys and chickens have had to be euthanized, and the State Fair is canceling all bird exhibits this year as a precaution.
As Minnesota lawmakers scrambled Sunday to piece together the state’s next budget before a fast-approaching deadline, the impact of the roughly $41.5 billion package on the states’ residents started coming into focus.
The new state budget Minnesota lawmakers are assembling supplies $16.5 million to aid in the state’s response to the avian flu.
All poultry shows have been canceled at the Minnesota State Fair and county fairs across the state this year as authorities try to stop the spread of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is also prohibiting birds from being included in swap meets, exotic animal sales and petting zoos.
Officials said Thursday that two more Minnesota flocks are presumed positive for bird flu, bringing the total number of farms affected in the state to 87.
South Dakota has its first case of bird flu at an egg-laying chicken farm that holds 1.3 million of the birds.
A Minnesota power plant fueled by turkey litter flopped and fell into receivership even before a virulent form of bird flu shook the Midwest’s poultry industry in recent months, yet its new managers say they’re confident they can keep it running for the long haul.
Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there’s no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving.
One new Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by bird flu, raising the state’s total to 85 since the outbreaks were first confirmed in early March. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the latest case is in Swift County.
There are no new cases of bird flu to report in Minnesota for a second day this week — but that’s likely little comfort to poultry producers. The virus spread to 82 farms across more than 20 counties in just two months.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says two more Minnesota turkey flocks have tested presumptive for bird flu.
Minnesota’s state veterinarian suggested Wednesday that bird flu may be spreading from farm-to-farm in the state’s top turkey-growing counties, a possibility they downplayed in the early days of the outbreak.