Mississippi making preparations for Avian Flu, Farmweek, August 28, 2015

Mississippi making preparations for Avian Flu, Farmweek, August 28, 2015


MID-WEST HARD THIS PAST WINTER AND SPRING. MORE THAN 48-MILLION CHICKENS HAD TO BE DESTROYED.>>SPANN – THERES FEAR AVIAN FLU WILL MOVE SOUTH THIS WINTER CARRIED BY MIGRATING WILD BIRDS. MISSISSIPPIS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE POULTRY OFFICIALS ARE ALREADY MAKING PLANS TO DETECT AND CONTAIN ANY OUTBREAKS. AT A RECENT MEETING, STATE VETERINARIAN JIM WATSON SAID MISSISSIPPI CANT NECESSARILY DEPEND ON THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO HELP.>>>>SS IN WATSON SAID MISSISSIPPI MUST BE PREPARED TO HANDLE AN AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK WITHOUT USDA AID. USDAS RESOURCES MAY BE STRETCHED THIN AND DEPLOYED TO OTHER AREAS IN A WIDESPREAD OUTBREAK. WATSON SAID THIS HAS ALREADY HAPPENED IN SOME MIDWEST STATES.>>>>CHANGE SS HE SAID THERE WILL BE NO DEBATE WHEN THE AVIAN FLU HITS A MISSISSIPPI FLOCK. REACTION WILL BE SWIFT TO CONTAIN ITS SPREAD. MULTIPLE TESTS WILL BE CONDUCTED WHENEVER CHICKENS ARE MOVED.>>>>CHANGE SS WATSON SAID IT WILL TAKE MONTHS BEFORE A FARM INFECTED WITH AVIAN FLU CAN BE DISINFECTED AND RESUME PRODUCTION. HE SAID THE FLU WAS DISCOVERED ON ONE ARKANSAS FARM ON MARCH 11TH. IT WAS NOT CLEARED FOR RESTOCKING FOR ALMOST THREE MONTHS.>>>CROP REPORT

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