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Bill provides funding to respond to bird flu

As many of you know, Minnesota is the nation’s largest turkey producer, and 26 of the state’s turkey farms have been devastated by H5N2, the avian influenza virus.

NDSU extension: Livestock producers need stocking rate reduction plan

Livestock producers should have a drought management plan in place prior to pasture turnout in case drought persists into the growing season this year, North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock and rangeland specialists say.

Cattle deserve a herd-health program

Cattle deserve a herd-health program

Vaccinate. because cattle immunity is a good thing. As cattle producers start to think about working all those calves that are on the ground, herd health is a priority.

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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.

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