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End of an era at Rosemount Turkey Research Facility

Rosemount turkey research unit – key accomplishments  Tuesday, December 1, 2020 marks the final day of operation for the turkey research facility at the Rosemount Research and Outreach Center (RROC). After careful consideration and consultation with College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences leadership, The University of Minnesota has made the difficult but necessary decision to cease turkey research at our RROC. The facility is more than 50 years old and is antiquated by today’s modern turkey production standards. It is cost prohibitive to maintain and upgrade the barn to the present expectations of the industry, especially since the sale of nearby land limits the viability of that location to no more than five years. It has become increasingly difficult to garner research grants given the condition of the facility. You can read more from Dr. Mike Schutz, Head of the Department of Animal Science and the continued plans UMN has to support and engage in research, tea

Outdoor activities can increase disease risk in home or commercial flocks

By Carol Cardona, Extension specialist, poultry virologist A single duck can excrete billions of influenza virus particles per day. Influenza virus survives in cold, moist conditions and is preserved by freezing. These characteristics result in heavy contamination of pond and slough water, especially when the water is cold. Hunting, trapping, hiking and fishing activities bring people into contact with virus in mud and water that can then be moved to poultry flocks on things like contaminated boots, vehicles and dogs. Clothing Clothing, especially boots, can carry virus in mud or water into poultry barns where it can infect the flock. Anything that is worn in a wild bird environment must be removed and not brought into the poultry barn at all. Clothes and shoes worn for any hunting, fishing, trapping, training dogs, or hiking activities need to be different than the ones used for work related activities. Avoid cross contamination at home. When you return home from any hunting, fishi

Take time to evaluate biosecurity this fall

By Abby Schuft, Extension Educator – Poultry, Carol Cardona, Extension specialist and poultry virologist and Sally Noll, Extension poultry scientist November 10, 2020 Through diligent surveillance, two Minnesota turkey farms have detected low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). These incidents should make every poultry employee, manager and owner step-back and think about possible complacency in their biosecurity practices.  An influenza virus needs a host in order to grow and Minnesota has plenty of hosts to offer within our poultry industry and thriving waterfowl habitats. Clinical symptoms for LPAI are minimal with no physical symptoms while some birds may exhibit respiratory distress.  The risk of LPAI spreading occurs mainly from indirect or direct contact with virus contaminated: People  Equipment  Wild birds  Line of Separation Barn biosecurity is key! A line of separation (LOS) around each barn and farm unit will separate clean areas (where birds are housed) from dirty areas (po