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.
Connie from Blaine wants to know: Why don’t we eat turkey eggs? Chickens lay eggs more often than turkeys — usually once a day versus a turkey’s every other day. Chickens also don’t incubate their eggs as long as turkeys.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bird flu virus continues to infect flocks in Minnesota. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health said Tuesday that two flocks in Kandiyohi are likely to have tested positive for the disease, which would bump the total number of affected farms to 82.
It’s been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Yet, researchers acknowledge they still know little about a bird flu virus that’s endangered turkey and egg-laying chicken populations that supply much of the nation.
Minnesota 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
Gov. Mark Dayton says the state may set up a low-interest loan program for farmers hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak. Fifty-six farms had been hit with the virus as of Tuesday, costing farmers more than 3.3 million birds.
The effort to stop bird flu from spreading in Minnesota means millions of birds must be killed. Forty-nine farms in 17 Minnesota counties have found bird flu. If one bird has it, the rest of the flock must be eliminated.
Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States, with the virus confirmed in the animals in 10 states. Here are some questions and answers about how wild birds remain healthy even when carrying the virus and spread it to backyard and commercial flocks of chickens and turkeys.
U.S. Senator Klobuchar met with poultry producers Monday morning in Litchfield. She says some producers have lost everything all in one week. Klobuchar said it was very emotional with several of them breaking down.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that’s killed millions of birds in the state’s poultry industry. The governor’s order activates an emergency operations plan to support the state response to the epidemic.
The number of Minnesota farms hit by bird flu outbreaks has taken a big jump — 13 new farms with over 430,000 turkeys. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in an update Wednesday evening that the farms with newly confirmed H5N2 infections are all in counties where other farms had been affected earlier.
Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency following an outbreak of the deadly bird flu in Wisconsin.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to arm itself with turkey hunters in the fight against bird flu. The state asked hunters in five counties — Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns — to help figure out if the virus has spread to wild turkeys.
Minnesota officials have confirmed four more cases of a bird flu strain that’s cost the state’s turkey producers over 1.6 million birds. The affected farms include one in Roseau County, the northernmost detection of the H5N2 virus in Minnesota so far.
Some scientists say that eastern U.S. poultry producers should brace for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop. The fear is that if the virus isn’t already lurking in the Atlantic Flyway, it could spread there this fall when wild ducks fly south for the winter.
The 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.
Wisconsin has confirmed its first case of a dangerous bird flu strain that has struck several other Midwest states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it has confirmed the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain in a commercial flock of 200,000 chickens in Jefferson County of southeastern Wisconsin.
Authorities have confirmed another bird flu outbreak at a Minnesota turkey farm, raising the state’s total to 14 affected farms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday that the latest case is a commercial turkey flock with 38,000 birds in Kandiyohi County.
Federal officials say a deadly strain of bird flu has been confirmed at two more South Dakota farms, condemning about 100,000 more turkeys to destruction and raising the number of affected Midwest farms to 22. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said late Friday that a flock of 53,000 turkeys at a farm in McCook County and 46,000 turkeys at a farm in McPherson County are infected.
State and federal authorities have confirmed outbreaks of a deadly form of bird flu at four more turkey farms in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected in the state to 13. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the new cases are in Cottonwood, Lyon, Watonwan and Stearns counties.
Authorities say all remaining turkeys on a large Jennie-O Turkey Store farm in Meeker County of central Minnesota will be destroyed due to a bird flu outbreak.