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  • Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms

    Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak: WHAT'S THE LATEST? The U.S. Department of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Bird flu outbreak spreads to 3 more Midwest turkey farms

    A bird flu outbreak that has puzzled scientists spread to three more Midwest turkey farms, bringing the number of farms infected to 23 and raising the death toll to more than 1.2 million birds killed by the disease or by authorities scrambling to contain it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Saturday that the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was found among 38,000 birds at a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Protected birds threatened by poisoned prey

    Rodents poisoned by pest control substances may pose a threat to protected birds if the carcasses are not removed quickly enough. A new study found that dead water voles on farmland were scavenged rapidly by red kites and buzzards, suggesting that regular removal is needed to reduce poisoning risks. Chemical poisons are often used to control rodent populations on farms, where the animals destroy ...

  • New bird flu strain has poultry farmers scrambling

    Animal health experts and poultry growers are scrambling to determine how a dangerous new strain of bird flu infected poultry flocks in four states - and to stop it from spreading. Avian influenza is common in wild migratory waterfowl but doesn't usually harm them. But the H5N2 strain is deadly when it spreads to commercial poultry. It can wipe out a flock of tens of thousands of birds in a few ...


    By Associated Press

  • 1st restocked Iowa turkey farmer talks lessons from bird flu

    Thousands of small young turkeys ran around the barns on the Moline family farm Monday near Manson, the first Iowa farm to restock birds after a bird flu outbreak decimated flocks in the Midwest. Owner Brad Moline, who farms with his father and brother, said it's a sign the industry is turning the page on an outbreak in which about 48 million birds died from the virus or where euthanized to ...


    By Associated Press

  • AUS$403m investment for the Australian environment & sustainable agriculture

    The Rudd Government has accelerated work across Australia on environmental and sustainable farming projects, with $403 million committed under Caring for our Country. It will be the single biggest investment over the next four years under the landmark $2 billion program. Caring for our Country reformed the way environmental and sustainable farming projects were funded, by creating a transparent ...


    By Australian Government

  • Landcare groups rewarded for their efforts

    19 landcare groups around the country can rest assured that their projects will go ahead after being awarded more than $50 000 in total by the Transpower Landcare Trust Grants Programme. Grants awarded in the latest funding round ranged from ...


    By NZ Landcare Trust

  • Ohio Poultry Owners Advised to Increase Biosecurity as Virus Spreads in Western U.S.

    Three worrisome strains of avian flu have been detected in birds out West. These viruses can cause serious disease in birds, and their appearance has prompted poultry veterinarians at The Ohio State University to recommend that Ohio’s commercial producers and backyard chicken enthusiasts alike take precautions to protect their flocks. The strains are related to a virus ...


    By Ohio State University

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