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Bird flu outbreak hits US egg producer

Bird flu outbreak hits US egg producer

By Jamie Martin

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, a significant US egg producer, faces layoffs after a bird flu outbreak disrupts production. Michigan, hit hard by the outbreak, witnesses disruptions in poultry and dairy sectors.

The outbreak resulted in the deaths of millions of birds in April, prompting Herbruck’s to lay off 400 employees and contractors in Michigan. The company plans to refill positions once production stabilizes.

Michigan, heavily impacted by bird flu, experiences disruptions in both poultry and dairy sectors. Additional dairies report positive detections of the virus, leading to enhanced biosecurity measures.

Herbruck’s suffers a significant loss in egg supply, with 6.5 million commercial egg layers dying in April. The company initiates layoffs across five egg facilities, affecting various roles.

The layoffs are mostly temporary, with some permanent, and affect both hourly and salaried employees. Herbruck’s, with over 1,100 employees, is Michigan's largest egg producer and the 10th largest in the US.

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