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IL requiring H5N1 testing of exhibition dairy cattle

The Illinois Department of Agriculture state veterinarian says any lactating dairy cattle participating in any livestock exhibitions in the state must be tested for H5N1 beginning July 17th. Dr. Mark Ernst tells Brownfield Illinois has no reported cases of the disease, but twelve states... Read More.

Human tests positive for H5N1 in Colorado

A human case of H5N1 Influenza A has been confirmed in Colorado. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus was detected in a dairy farm worker where cows had previously tested positive. The individual only reported eye symptoms and has since... Read More.

H5N1 detected in two additional Iowa dairy herds

More cases of H5N1 in dairy cattle have been reported in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says the disease was recently detected in two dairy herds in Sioux County. It’s the 13th time H5N1 has been discovered within dairy cattle... Read More.

Keeping H5N1 testing voluntary

Ohio’s Agriculture Director Brian Baldridge says keeping H5N1 testing voluntary is important.  “Early on we were a state that had a positive test in a dairy herd, now we’re a non-affected state.” The USDA says herds that have tested negative for three weeks in a row... Read More.

USDA to provide assistance for milk production lost to H5N1

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA has expanded the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish, or ELAP Program to cover milk losses caused by the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. “It does dramatically limit milk production for a period of time... Read More.

Iowa will require H5N1 testing of lactating show cows

Iowa will require lactating dairy cows to be tested for the H5N1 virus before they can be taken to fairs and exhibitions. Ag Secretary Mike Naig issued the order Tuesday requiring Iowa dairy exhibitors to have a completed negative HPAI test within seven days... Read More.

Working together to reduce the spread of H5N1

State ag leaders and veterinarians are working closely with federal agencies to better understand H5N1 and how to reduce its spread among livestock and some farm workers. Ted McKinney with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture tells Brownfield “we did learn some... Read More.

H5N1 causing minor death loss in dairy cattle

Iowa’s Ag Secretary says some dairies are experiencing minor death loss after herds have tested positive for H5N1. Mike Naig says among the eight cases in northwest Iowa, some livestock have died. “We are hearing about some death loss on dairy farms, but really... Read More.

H5N1 continues to spread in Iowa

Another case of H5N1 Influenza A has been reported in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says the disease has been detected in a commercial turkey flock in Sac County. In a statement to Brownfield, the agency said 46,147 turkeys were... Read More.