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Local poultry producers on guard after bird flu outbreak in Midwest

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Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By Lizzy Weiss



Beth Smith and chickens.jpg
MIDDLEBURY RESIDENT BETH Smith holds one of the more than a dozen chickens she keeps on her property. Like other county egg and poultry producers, both big and small, she is aware of the avian flu, which has had a severe impact in the Midwest. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

ADDISON COUNTY — The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Midwestern United States could have severe consequences for Vermont’s poultry producers. Although HPAI is not directly affecting Vermont at this time, the disease may begin to affect New England as early as fall of 2015, according to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

This is of particular interest in Addison County, home to two of the largest poultry producers and one of the largest egg producers in the state, not to mention numerous backyard flocks.

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