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South Dakota poultry producers bounce back from bird flu

November 20, 2016

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Some South Dakota egg producers are finally feeling some relief a year after the bird flu resulted in the deaths of millions of birds across the Midwest.

The Daily Republic (http://bit.ly/2eH5GiJ ) reports the outbreak led to soaring egg prices and hardship for egg producers and turkey farmers in the spring and summer of 2015.

Flandreau-based egg producer Dakota Layers says it has repopulated all nine of its flocks, which includes 1.3 million hens.

Farmer-owned turkey plant Dakota Provisions managed to bounce back from the bird flu losses, and is planning an $8.5 million expansion of its cold storage unit.

The repopulation also benefits consumers in the form of lower egg prices because young hens produce eggs at a faster rate than aging hens.