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CORRECTION: Avian Flu Claims 15.5% of U.S. Egg-laying Hens

Posted by feww on June 10, 2015

Avian Flu Claims 15.5% of U.S. Egg-laying Hens

As of April 1, 2015, the U.S. table egg flock size was 303 million layers, NOT the previously reported figure of 392 million.

Bird flu toll tops 47 million, 53% of Iowa flock dead or euthanized

Infected Commercial Flocks. Commercial flocks have been infected in at least 15 States: Arkansas, California, Idaho, Indiana (May 10, 2015), Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana (removed from USDA list), Nebraska (May 11, 2015), North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and  Wisconsin.

Update on Avian Influenza Findings – Poultry Findings Confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories

  • Birds Affected: 47,091,293
  • Detections Reported: 222  [previously 162]
  • First Detection Reported: 12/19/14
  • Last Detection Reported: 6/9/15
  • No. of Flocks Pending Test Results: 13
  • Source: APHIS/ USDA

Worst Affected States

  • Iowa: 30,723,300 (or about 53% of the total flock) Birds Affected
  • Minnesota: 8,996,090 (June 5, 2015)
  • Nebraska: 3,794,100 (June 4, 2015)
  • Wisconsin: 1,950,733 (May 6, 2015)
  • South Dakota: 1,168,200 (June 1, 2015)

As of April 1, 2015, the U.S. table egg flock size was 303 million layers,  and rate of lay per day  averaged 79.6 eggs per 100 layers, said United Egg Producers.

The top ten egg-producing states (ranked by number of layers represented in thousands)  were 1. Iowa: 58,330. 2. Ohio: 29,936. 3. Indiana: 25,744. 4. Pennsylvania:  23,657. 5. Texas: 14,759. 6. Michigan: 12,894. 7. California: 12,835. 8. Minnesota: 11,369. 9. Georgia: 9,857. 10. Nebraska: 9,446. [Source: United Egg Producers.]

The rest of Avian Flu Claims 12% of U.S. Egg-laying Hens remains unchanged.

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