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After Avian Flu, Gov's Annual Turkey Event Highlights Recovery Of IndustryOne bird may have been the star, but Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota turkey producers held the flapping 40-pounder out as a tribute to an important agriculture sector in the midst of a rebound.
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.
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.
Good Question: Will There Be A Thanksgiving Turkey Shortage?Across the country, about five million turkeys have been affected by the avian flu. Four million of those were in Minnesota.
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. Heat Waves Causes Farm Animal DeathsMinnesota officials estimate more than 105,000 turkeys and up to 1,500 cattle were lost due to the recent heat wave.
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