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AVIAN FLU UPDATE

With avian flu cases continuing to spread across Midwest poultry farms, a bipartisan group of senators is appealing to appropriators to ensure the Agriculture Department has enough money to fight the outbreak. So far, Illinois has not seen any cases.

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BIRD FLU UPDATE

Poultry specialists & the Illinois Department of Agriculture are working with farmers and the poultry industry to prevent an outbreak of HPAI in the state. “You’ve got to think about biosecurity, even for the small flocks,” says Andrew Larson, U of I small farms educator.

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BIRD FLU UPDATE

No cases of the deadly poultry disease has been discovered in Illinois to date. Illinois Department of Agriculture reaffirmed they are monitoring neighbor states for signs of avian influenza during a U of I webinar this afternoon.    

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BIRD FLU UPDATE

USDA revised downward its estimate of an Iowa chicken flock hit with a deadly strain of avian influenza, while confirming several new cases in smaller flocks. Mexico also announced a ban on all poultry exports from the state of Iowa. The National Chicken Council has some talking points available.

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PILGRIM’S PRIDE

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., the second-largest U.S. poultry processor, plans to eliminate all antibiotics from a quarter of its chicken production by 2019, up from about 5% currently, according to its chief executive.

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BIRD FLU

About 5.3 million laying hens in northwest Iowa will be destroyed after tests confirmed a second outbreak of avian influenza in the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.  State officials say the impacted farm accounts for nearly 10% of Iowa’s egg production.

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BIRD FLU

After the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture detected bird flu in 3 of the state’s flocks, the Wisconsin governor on Monday declared a state of emergency allowing the state’s National Guard units to help contain the outbreaks.

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BirdFlu OUTBREAK SPREADS

The USDA reported the H5N2 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed on another poultry farm in Minnesota, and at two more in South Dakota. The bird flu outbreak brought the number of farms infected to 23. The death toll has climbed to more than 1.2 million birds killed by the disease or by authorities scrambling… read more

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MINNESOTA FINDS 3RD BIRD FLU INFECTION IN COMMERCIAL POULTRY

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the third infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in a commercial poultry flock in Minnesota, the nation’s top turkey-producing state on Saturday. A case of H5N2 flu was found in a flock of 39,000 turkeys in Stearns County, Reuters reports.

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NO QUALITY DIFFERENCE

Egg-laying hens raised cage-free exhibit a wider range of natural behaviors than more-confined birds, but cage-free facilities have higher hen-mortality rates and lower air quality, according to industry-backed research published on Wednesday. The study also found no quality differences between cage-free and conventional eggs.

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