Revelation 6:7,8 NCV When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!"8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse. Its rider was named death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill people by war, by starvation, by disease, and by the wild animals of the earth.
Post Holdings announced that a third company-owned chicken farm in Nebraska has been infected with avian flu. The infection means that the company has lost 35 percent of their egg crop.
The company, which makes Raisin Bran and other well known cereals, said they are still working on the financial impact of the major loss. The loss is so significant that the situation is being declared a “force majeure event” that will allow the company to get out contract obligations for egg deliveries because of an event out of their control.
The outbreak continues to spread throughout the midwest. Nebraska Department of Agriculture officials confirmed another poultry farm infected with over 3 million hens in Knox County. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said three more turkey flocks have been infected with the flu. Iowa’s Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship reported one new infection in a county with three other outbreaks.
The outbreak has caused at least one tradition to be suspended. The Indiana Board of Animal Health has said that all bird shows at county fairs and the state fair will be prohibited until the outbreak ends.
“We are very concerned about bird health,” said Denise Derrer, a spokeswoman for the Indiana Board of Animal Health. “This decision wasn’t done lightly, and it wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to a single backyard flock.”
The total number of deaths from the virus has been 40 million birds.