Iowa farms begin restocking after avian flu

Aug 06, 2015

Press conference scheduled for Monday, August 10th

By Diego Flammini,

A turkey farm in Iowa is introducing new turkeys to the farm after it, along with many others in the state, battled through one of the worst cases of avian flu in American history.

Moline Farm, identified as Calhoun 1, had HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu) confirmed on May 19th, 2015. The farm has 6 barns that hold around 28,000 brooder poult (0 – 5 weeks of age), and 14,400 finisher turkeys (5 weeks – 20 weeks of age).


Since July 31st, 2015 when owner Brad Moline began the cleaning and disinfecting process, the farm has had negative environmental tests.

To provide updates about Iowa’s avian flu situation, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Dr. Jack Shere from the USDA’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten, the Iowa Turkey Federation and farm owner Brad Moline will participate in a press conference.

The press conference is scheduled for Monday, August 10th at 11:00am at Moline Farm, 1640 Shelby Ave. in Manson, Iowa.

State officials are continuing the cleanup after the outbreak.

69 of the 77 control zones that were in place during the outbreak are in the process of being lifted.

Since April 13th, 77 properties and close to 34 million birds have been affected with avian flu. Depopulation has taken place at each site, with four sites being declared eligible for repopulation.

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