Hurricane Kills 2M Birds

Nearly two million birds, mostly broiler chickens, died in North Carolina because of Hurricane Matthew.

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State Veterinarian Doug Meckes expects that number to rise considering the extent of the flooding that affected 48 counties in NC.

Eastern North Carolina has a large poultry and swine population and growers in the State raise more than 800 million birds per year.

The birds will be disposed through composting. This method reduces leeching of farm waste, reduces pest and disease issues and prevents odor issues.

The finished compost can be used for agricultural purposes.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) already granted the $6 million fund requested by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler to purchase carbon material to compost the carcasses and mitigate potential public health risk.

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