Originally Posted by ejb3810
As I understand it, only one backyard flock in Mn. tested positive for AI. That flock was on a farm neighboring one of the confinement facilities that tested positive.
I find it interesting that the birds which should have been much more exposed to migrating birds than those in total confinement facilities were impacted very little by AI.
It certainly makes an analytical mind question the conclusions which seem to have been reached?
If the fall waterfowl migration is completed without additional cases of AI what might one think?
There were actually more than one, but less than 10, maybe only 5. BUT those were in close proximity to infected confinements and could have been due to poor biosecurity in handling the destroyed flocks. I have heard stories from some of the folks in the hardest hit area, and that is the most likely cause for infections outside the commercial flocks. I believe one backyard flock owner received and infected batch of a poults near Sleepy Eye and had his flock destroyed. That is what I was told, anyway. Of course, mine is not the 'official' word on the matter.
One long-time breeder I spoke with stated they are certain the whole shut down of poultry movement was more to appease the turkey industry than anything else.
Speaking of turkeys, I have 5 or 6 BBWhites going in on October 13th that are not spoken for yet. Nice, pastured birds that should dress 15-20 pounds each. $3.25/lb dressed weight.