South Dakota poultry producers bounce back from bird flu

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 ( ) 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 re-population also benefits consumers in the form of lower egg prices because young hens produce eggs at a faster rate than aging hens. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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