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Minnesota lifts poultry exhibition ban

ST. PAUL – Minnesota poultry farmers may again show their birds.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced Monday that it is lifting its ban on poultry exhibitions starting Tuesday. The board last spring ordered that because of the spread of bird flu there would be no poultry at fairs, swap meets, exotic sales, petting zoos and other events where birds are gathered or commingled.

In the spring, Minnesota was in the midst of an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza and the ban was instituted to slows its spread. No such bird flu cases have been reported since June 5.

Minnesota is the country's largest turkey-producing state, normally raising about 46 million birds. This year, however, the number dropped to 40 million due to the flu outbreak.

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