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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Up to 200 cows have mysteriously been found dead in Wisconsin in the latest mass animal death last week. It was thought they may have had a respiratory condition known as red nose – infectious bovine rhinotracheitis – or Bovine Virus Diarrhea.

Dozens of birds were found dead in Romania last week, 300 grackles dropped from the sky in Alabama and thousands of fish have been discovered dead in Maryland. And bird deaths have been reported in Texas.

Each year in the U.S., hundreds of millions of birds die from a variety of causes, according to Dr. Thomas Lacher, head of the wildlife and fisheries sciences department at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“The larger bird die-offs we see in Texas this time of year are not all that unusual given the kind of weather related to the season, storm fronts and mass roosts of birds, especially blackbirds,” Lacher said. “Mass bird die-offs in the hundreds happen all the time, but we seldom see evidence of them.”

Conspiracy theorists are likely to seize on the latest mass animal deaths which have been reported round the world since New Year’s Eve. It has been suggested that government experiments are to blame – or the apocalypse is imminent. However, scientists insist all the incidents have rational explanations.

Unexplained deaths have been reported in Sweden, the U.S., Great Britain and New Zealand.

Here is a new thought. Does anyone remember reading Revelations and what it says about a time with unexplained animal deaths?

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