Minnesota Turkey Growers Association

Turkey Growers Prep For Possible Fall Bird Flu OutbreakMinnesota turkey farmers are a little on edge these days as the state's waterfowl start to fly south for the winter. Ducks and other waterfowl are believed to be the primary source of avian influenza. They are carriers of the bug, but are somehow immune to it.
Some Farmers Restocking After Bird Flu OutbreakWe're seeing a new phase in the bird flu outbreak that has led to the deaths of millions of turkeys in Minnesota. A small number of affected farmers are now restocking.
1st Midwest Farm Hit By Bird Flu RestartsThree months after a devastating form of bird flu made its first appearance in the Midwest, the first poultry farm in the region to be affected is growing turkeys again — even though the virus is still lurking in Minnesota and beyond.
Minnesota State Fair Cancels Poultry Shows Due To Bird FluAll 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.
Minnesota Turkey Farmer Shares Story Of Stress, HopeMinnesota turkey farmers are on edge, trying to stop the spread of an avian flu that's killed millions of birds. Scott Heymer is the owner of Red Bridge Farms in Princeton. He's been in the turkey business for nearly 40 years, with about 60,000 turkeys on his farm
Partial Minnesota Bird Flu Losses Hit $15.7 MillionThe Minnesota Turkey Growers Association estimates the state's turkey producers have lost $15.7 million worth of birds to avian influenza flu outbreaks in recent weeks.
Amid Bird Flu Outbreak, Turkey Farmers Increase SecurityPoultry producers in the nation's top turkey state are taking extra steps to protect their flocks after a devastating strain of bird flu was confirmed at two Minnesota farms in as many days last week, a disease that had already slammed the doors shut on some key export markets.
Turkey Farms Boost Precautions After Deadly Flu Strain FoundMinnesota turkey farmers are boosting protective measures after a lethal strain of bird flu wiped out 15,000 birds in about a week. The H5N2 strain of avian influenza devastated a flock of turkeys at an unidentified Pope County farm. Officials say it's unlikely to infect humans.
Big Turkeys Are Harder To Come By This Thanksgiving Just in time for Thanksgiving, the nation's top turkey producer is coming up a little short. Butterball, based out of North Carolina, told retailers that orders for fresh 16-pound turkeys and larger have been cut in half. The shortage is nationwide. Woody Hunt, manager of Rainbow Foods in St. Louis Park, says 40 years ago, Butterball was like the “Cadillac of turkeys.” "Everybody wanted a Butterball, and if you didn't have a Butterball on your table you couldn't brag to your neighbors that you had the best turkey," Hunt said.
Minn. Farmer Preparing Turkeys For Presidential PardoningNext week, some lucky Minnesota turkeys will be heading to the White House. John Burkel of Badger in Northern Minnesota raised the birds. He's going to pick two of them to send to President Obama, to be pardoned the day before Thanksgiving.
Dayton Pardons Minn. Turkey, Touts Bird IndustryGov. Mark Dayton has given a Minnesota turkey its walking papers just in time for Thanksgiving.
Obama To Pardon Minnesota-Grown TurkeyIt’s not even Halloween, but we’re already talking turkey as some Minnesota students are raising the bird that will be pardoned by President Obama this Thanksgiving.
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