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Turkey producer urges biosecurity enforcement

A southeast Iowa turkey producer says the need for biosecurity is at an all-time high as more cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza are popping up across the country.

Tim Meyer raises 60,000 turkeys per year in Henry County. “It’s brought in by foot or brought in by a tire or a wheel or something like that. Typically, it’s not a bird to bird contact, it has to do with feces and then moving into the building that’s carried in.”

He tells Brownfield clean clothing for disinfected facilities is key. “Coveralls are a good thing,” he said. “Boots are the number one thing that a person can do.”

Meyer says no cases have been detected on his farm. “It’s definitely something we’re very cautious of, very aware of this time of year as we go through the spring.”

AUDIO: Iowa turkey producer Tim Meyer on HPAI biosecurity

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