Will Turkey Prices Skyrocket This Thanksgiving?
A turkey farm in Willmar, MN has been quarantined because the H5N2 virus was found there. It doesn't seem that long ago turkey farms in the Midwest were hurting from the H2N2 virus, but WIKI reminds us...it was only three years ago. ...
In 2015, an outbreak of avian influenza subtype H5N2 was identified in a series of chicken and turkey farming operations in the Midwestern region of the United States. As of May 30, more than 43 million birds in 15 states had been destroyed as a result of the outbreak, including nearly 30 million in Iowa alone, the nation's largest egg producer.
According to West Central Tribune, this isn't the same virus as we got in 2015, but if it spreads, and turkeys have to be killed to stop it, we could certainly see a rise in poultry prices. The cost of the 2015 outbreak was put at above 4 billion dollars by many sources. The closest turkey farm is about 6 miles away, so I'm hoping that's enough distance.
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