Iowa cattle farmer watching HPAI situation in dairy cattle

Dairy cows enjoy their breakfast at Kelsay Farms.

An eastern Iowa cattle producer says he’s keeping a close eye on the situation involving dairy cattle being infected with avian influenza.

Lance Lillibridge raises red angus cattle in Benton County. “Any kind of disease outbreak that could detrimental to a herd could be detrimental to the entire herd in the U.S. and cause major problems.”

He tells Brownfield while the virus has been detected in poultry and dairy cattle, all livestock producers should be on high alert. “Biosecurity is a huge part of it,” he said. “We put a lot of emphasis on poultry and pork for sure, but even in the cattle industry we need to be very cognizant of that.”

The virus has been detected in dairy cows in nine states, including Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas.

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