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    Bird Flu Strikes Dakota Layers, All Hens To Be Euthanized

    May 14, 2015, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom
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    The company has worked hard to keep the flu from reaching their 1.3 million hens, but even their best efforts weren't enough.

    "Our goal is to attack it fast. We have to remove every bird and euthanize them, and of course it has to be done in a humane manner, so we're preparing for that," Ramsdell said.

    The birds will also be buried on site to prevent the spread of the virus.
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    "We're not certain how long we'll be down, number one. Number two is before we repopulate, we'd like to know what went on? What happened? We certainly don't want it to happen again. So, I think it's an industry issue of 'Oh, what did cause this?'" Ramsdell said.

    Ramsdell says they're conducting a number of investigations to get to the bottom of how their hens caught the virus. It could be six months, up to a year or longer before operations return to normal, putting the jobs of about 60 full-time employees in jeopardy.
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    http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.c...zed/?id=180032

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    Despite biosecurity measures, bird flu affects South Dakota farm with 1.3M egg-laying chickens

    By KEVIN BURBACH Associated Press MAY 14, 2015 2:35PM

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. An eastern South Dakota farm with 1.3 million egg-laying chickens is the first in the chicken-production business in the state to be infected with a deadly flu virus despite efforts to prevent it, state and farm officials said Thursday.

    Flandreau-based Dakota Layers, which accounts for nearly half of the state's almost 2.7 million egg-laying chickens, reached out to the state veterinarian Wednesday after it noticed an unusual number of dead birds in one of its nine barns.
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    Dakota Layers' Chief Executive Officer Scott Ramsdell said in a statement Thursday that Dakota Layers had taken "extensive biosecurity measures" over the last two months to prevent an outbreak in their barns.

    "Unfortunately, as many poultry farms are discovering, even our extraordinary measures proved ineffective in preventing the spread of avian influenza into one of our barns," Ramsdell said.
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    http://www.startribune.com/bird-flu-...arm/303767451/

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    Positive Avian Flu Test Reported At Dakota Layers

    May 14, 2015, 11:26 AM

    FLANDREAU, SD - ...

    Dakota Layers says it was told by the state veterinarian Wednesday that one of its nine barns tested positive for avian influenza.

    Officials are still waiting to determine whether it's the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain...
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    Dakota Layers' marketing director Tracy Ramsdell says the operation is one of the largest in the state. About 70 percent of its eggs go to California.

    The egg production facility houses more than 1 million hens at its farm. The company says more than 90,000 dozen eggs are typically produced each day.

    http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.c...ers/?id=180004

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  • South Dakota - 1 new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial egg layers farm in Moody county

    Avian Influenza

    Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Cases in South Dakota as of 05/14/2015

    Total Number of Premises
    Total Number of Counties
    Total Number of Birds Affected
    9
    9
    1,650,900
    COUNTY AFFECTED
    TYPE OF POULTRY
    DATE OF DETECTION
    Beadle Commercial Turkey March 30, 2015
    Kingsbury Commercial Turkey April 6, 2015
    McCook Commercial Turkey April 8, 2015
    McPherson Commercial Turkey April 9, 2015
    Roberts Commercial Turkey April 12, 2015
    Spink Commercial Turkey April 16, 2015
    Yankton Commercial Turkey May 9, 2015
    Hutchinson Commercial Turkey May 9, 2015
    Moody Commercial Egg Layers May 13, 2015

    ...

    https://aib.sd.gov/avian_influenza.shtm
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