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More cattle placed in U.S. feedlots in March than expected

CHICAGO - The number of cattle placed in U.S. feedlots last month was higher than expected due to an increase in the number of cattle that had grazed on pastures over the past few months, a government report showed on Friday.

New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

CHICAGO - Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat.

Officials: Avian flu won't have negative effect on supply, price of poultry and eggs

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Despite a massive outbreak of avian influenza, consumers shouldn't expect to see price increases or shortages in eggs and poultry products at their local supermarkets. As avian influenza has swept across Minnesota, more than 2.6 million birds have died or been killed to prevent further spread of the epidemic. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency Thursday, the first Minnesota agriculture emergency declaration state officials can recall.

National Guard to help fight avian influenza

WILLMAR, Minn. -- The State Emergency Operations Center announced Sunday that 30 National Guard soldiers will haul water needed for avian influenza decontamination today through Wednesday. The soldiers will come from the 682nd Engineer Battalion in Willmar and the A Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion of Brooklyn Park, according to a media release.

Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

CHICAGO - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.

Sheep program application deadline nears

May 1 is the deadline to apply for funding through the Let’s Grow Program, which the American Sheep Industry Association operates to strengthen sheep production nationally.

Avian Flu public forum at 3 p.m. Saturday in Willmar with Dayton, other lawmakers

WILLMAR, Minn. –– The avian influenza, which continues to steamroll through commercial turkey farms in Kandiyohi County, is getting the attention of the state’s top lawmakers who will hold a public forum at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Minnwest Technology Campus in Willmar.

Live cattle futures climb ahead of USDA report

CHICAGO - Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures posted significant gains Friday on fund buying and positioning before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) monthly Cattle-on-Feed report at 2 p.m. CDT, traders said.

Second bird flu case confirmed in North Dakota

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in LaMoure County, N.D.

Spring is a busy time for sheep-farming family

Spring is a busy time for sheep-farming family

Jake Cuperus always knew he wanted to be a farmer. Jill always hoped she would marry a farmer. Luckily, life brought them together. “Our moms were good friends. I’m a year older than him so I’ve actually known him his entire life.” Jill says. “I went to college at Winona State, and one summer I came back and we worked at a barn together milking cows. The rest is history.”

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By the numbers: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry

By the numbers: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry

Minnesota has joined Wisconsin in declaring a state of emergency over an outbreak of bird flu in poultry that has led to the deaths of more than 7 million birds this year. Minnesota is also speeding up prescriptions of antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks. No infections have been reported in humans.

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Hit by beef ban, Indian butchers eye Jersey cows

MUMBAI - Battling a beef ban that has threatened their livelihoods, Muslim traders in India are seeking permission to slaughter foreign-origin Jersey cows they think will not be as sacred to the country's majority Hindus as locally bred cattle.

Minnesotans in contact with avian flu birds get preventative drugs

CHICAGO - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday that preventative medication is being provided to workers and others who has been in close proximity to birds affected by the fast-spreading avian flu that has led to the death or killed more than 7.3 million birds this year.

U.S. March pork stocks set new high, chicken soar as bird flu spreads

CHICAGO - Ballooning supplies and tepid demand again pumped U.S. pork stocks to a record high in March while snowballing avian influenza cases landed more chicken in freezers, industry experts said following the government's monthly cold storage report on Wednesday.

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