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U.S. Lawmakers to Examine
The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is set to hold a hearing next month on the deadliest-ever outbreak of bird flu in U.S. poultry amid mounting criticism from Iowa lawmakers about the speed of the U.S. Agriculture Department's response.
More than 47 million chickens and turkeys have been killed in the past six months because of bird flu or are set to be culled to prevent the spread of the disease. Most are hens in Iowa, the nation's top egg-producing state, and U.S. egg prices are projected to set an annual record high because of the losses.
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Avian flu has caused the price of eggs to spike higher than they have in more than 60 years.
State agriculture officials decided ban all poultry shows and public sales from mid-August to mid-January.
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On Friday, the USDA said it wanted to hire more federal contractors "due to the size and scope" of the outbreak. The USDA and Iowa have contracts with three landfills in the state, including one with a large incinerator, to help speed up culling, bird disposal and barn clean-up.
For locals, help can't come soon enough. In Sioux Center, Iowa, neighbors of an infected Center Fresh Group egg-laying facility told Reuters the stench of dead birds was making them sick.
"We can't live here," said John Fuoss, who said he vomited from the smell of dead chickens and manure used as compost on a nearby field. "My head's ready to explode."
Mass gasification is the best way to dispose of poultry. How exactly? You have to cracks and holes in the stable seal , and then high-pressure CO2 injection , so that it immediately spreads throughout the barn . It can also be cold gas, but that collects on the bottom , and then you have a chance that some animals sit in a corner and survive. The method is suitable for chickens, turkeys and ducks
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