LOUISBURG, Mo. -- Trucks hauled away turkeys from a poultry farm in Polk County on Friday. Routine tests discovered avian influenza at the farm. The farm is off Highway P north of Halfway and west of Louisburg. The farm has been quarantined since Wednesday by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
It's a Cargill contract farm, and Cargill says the older tom turkeys raised here were ready for slaughter, so that would still be done. A younger flock was humanely killed. On Friday morning, the farm was full of trucks, trailers and loaders as those dead turkeys were hauled away.
People helping with the operation wore protective suits and masks, and tires were hosed off before leaving. Polk County Emergency Management Director Rick Lewis said the turkey carcasses were being taken to an undisclosed approved location. One person helping with the effort later told us that place is a landfill.
Mack Wilson, who lives across the road from the turkey farm, has a few chickens and has to keep them quarantined until tests confirm they're not affected. He said he's not too worried about the birds.
"I have an 11-year-old son and one that's going to be 9 here pretty quick. That's what I worry about more than the chickens," he said.
"This hasn't been a thing that's dangerous to humans or human consumption," said Lewis.