Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has spread to more than 30 states and has affected millions of birds. The commercial poultry industry went through a similar outbreak in 2015. Erica Sawatzke is a turkey grower from Kennsington, Minnesota and chairs the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. “We’re fortunate that my farm has not gotten it yet, but you always have this fear of who’s next.” Farmers are in the food business and the concept of euthanizing the flock has a financial and emotional toll on growers. “It’s just a helpless feeling.” In this episode of TransFARMation, Sawatzke shares her unique perspective about this deadly disease.
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