Iowa Poultry Association Exec Reacts To Bird Flu In Indiana

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Des Moines, Iowa – A leader in Iowa’s poultry industry says U.S. egg and turkey farmers are resilient and will ‘get through” an outbreak of bird flu in Indiana.

That’s Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association. He says the hearts of Iowa producers who were hit by bird flu last year go out to their peers in Indiana. The strain of bird flu that has struck in Indiana is considered less virulent to the highly contagious or “highly pathogenic” strain that hit Iowa last year.

Avian influenza cases have recently been identified in France and Asia. Olson says Iowa poultry producers are conducting “trace backs” to determine if their operations have had any connection with the flocks in Indiana that have been hit by bird flu.

More than 48 million chickens and turkeys either died from the bird flu in 2015 or were killed in their barns to contain the spread of the disease.

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Chris was born and raised in Webster City, IA. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki and a daughter Brynlee.