Avian Flu Continues Ravaging the Poultry Industry in Mid-West
Grassley: “There are now roughly 24 million birds that need to be de-populated at sites throughout Iowa. It is a very unfortunate situation but the reality is that quickly containing the virus on these farms will help it from spreading.”
Grassley sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urging that ll possible resources be deployed to help contain the virus. Producers tell Grassley they are anxious about the slow place in destroying flocks and cleaning up buildings.
Grassley: Producers have conveyed to me that the current pace that the depopulation is occurring may not be fast enough. There is additional questions about how long the producers will need to leave their barns empty once the depopulation process is complete and sites are deemed free of this disease by testing so that it can be repopulated. The Department of Agriculture could calm a lot nerves fi they would answer to a few of these questions.”