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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 it’s minor in numbers. And oftentimes associated with sort of a secondary issue that might lead to the mortality. So all things that we’re learning.”

He tells Brownfield infected cows will show a decrease in milk production.

“Animals are going off feed, have reduced water consumption. And of course, the way our dairies are monitored from a health standpoint, those things are relatively easy to pick up.”

Naig says he’s seeking additional resources for dairy farmers impacted by the H5N1 outbreak.

Officials remind consumers that dairy products remain safe to eat.

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