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Industry responds to chicken litter accusations

By David B. Strickland Poultry Times editor dstrickland@poultrytimes.com

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WASHINGTON — Since the rise in occurrence and discussion of highly pathogenic avian influenza making the species jump into dairy cattle in several western states, there has also been a rise in media reports and speculation as to the cause of the virus’s spread.

There have been recent media reports mentioning as a supposed culprit the use of dried poultry litter in dairy cattle diets. Animal feed industry associations have taken the forefront in challenging this claim.

“We are concerned with recent sensational headlines and articles falsely accusing feed practices of spreading the HPAI virus on dairy farms. . .

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