More than 50 million birds have been lost this past year due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. That breaks the previous record set in 2015 and is the Number Ten story of the year for the Red River Farm Network. Thirty percent of the cases were traced to wild birds seven years ago. That compares to 85 percent this past year. Erica Sawatzke is a turkey grower and chairs the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Sawatzke said euthanizing birds has taken a financial and emotional toll on the industry. “There’s always that fear of who’s next; it’s just a helpless feeling.”
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