The U.S. turkey slaughter in May tumbled 12 percent from the prior month, government data on Thursday showed, as the country's worst-ever case of bird flu decimated flocks in top producer Minnesota and surrounding states.
The biggest lesson from the outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in Minnesota is that this virus has behaved differently than anything dealt with previously, according to veterinarian Trevor Ames, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
CHICAGO - The worst-ever U.S. bird flu outbreak has cut the country's inventory of egg-laying hens to the smallest in at least seven years, while the stockpile of frozen poultry in storage has swelled due to bans in about 40 countries of U.S. meat imports, government data showed on Monday.
Food company Post Holdings Inc said a company-owned chicken flock in Nebraska, which tested positive for avian flu last month, was released from quarantine as several rounds of subsequent tests "did not confirm the presumptive positive".
CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly turkey hatchery report on Tuesday showed a significant decline in the number of poults, or young turkeys, placed on feed in May, suggesting supplies of fresh whole birds may tighten this Thanksgiving.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation this week that will allow poultry and egg producers in 18 counties hit by bird flu to more easily dispose of manure and dead birds from affected farms.
PARIS - Iran reported on Monday an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus among backyard chickens in a village in the north of the country, the World Organization for Animal Health said.
The United States is facing its worst outbreak on record of avian influenza in poultry as three deadly strains have hit North American flocks since December. More than 47 million chickens and turkeys have been killed or will be culled, and U.S. egg prices are projected to set an annual record high because of the losses.
About three months after a Pope County, Minn., poultry farm was hit with the deadly bird flu that resulted in the death of 15,000 commercial turkeys, barns there are once again being filled with new birds.
CHICAGO - The average price of a dozen eggs in the United States will climb to a record high this year due to the nation's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu in poultry, U.S. Department of Agriculture data issued on Wednesday show.
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