Past Epidemic Makes Minnesota Poultry Farmers Ready for Bird Flu

The devastating epidemic in 2015 makes Minnesota poultry producers better prepared for a potential bird flu return.

Poultry farmers in Minnesota are waiting as the early spring opens water on lakes and rivers, leading to the migration of wild birds that carry the virus.

Bird flu has been detected in two states so far this year, including Tennessee where a couple of cases in poultry farms linked to a giant food company are reported.

Abby Neu, poultry regional educator for the University of Minnesota Extension, recently demonstrated the best biosecurity practices for producers at the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention in St. Paul. Her tips included how to properly disinfect boots and clothing and other precautions.

She believes the last outbreak taught everyone lessons such as how to control vehicles on farms to prevent them from introducing the virus.

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