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Ban on out-of-state flocks issued, but no new avian flu outbreaks reported

By JACK WEATHERLY Dr. Jim Watson, state veterinarian with the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, said the state is implementing new measures at poultry sales and exhibitions because of the outbreaks of avian flu in the Southeast. “No poultry — including chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail, pheasants and pea fowl– are allowed from Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky or Georgia because of their ...

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Cal-Maine still struggling against market effects of 2015 flu outbreak

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday that net sales for the quarter ending Feb. 25 were $306.5 million – a 31.8 percent decrease compared with $449.8 million for the year-earlier period. That in part is because of the lingering market effects of the outbreak of avian influenza in 2015, which hurt U.S. exports of eggs, including those ...

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Avian flu confirmed in Alabama near Mississippi line

By Jack Weatherly Avian flu has been confirmed in two commercial poultry flocks in Pickens County, Ala., near the Mississippi line, a week after three commercial breeders had to kill more than 70,000 chickens in Lincoln County, Tenn., near the border with Alabama. The Alabama state veterinarian announced that the Pickens County birds are under quarantine after testing positive for ...

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Sanderson rides dark-meat sales to net profit rebound

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. net income more than doubled in the first fiscal quarter compared with the year earlier period – thanks to dark-meat sales recovering from a slump brought on by the avian flu outbreak in 2015. Sales for the quarter ending Jan. 31 were $688.3 million, compared with $605.2 million a year earlier. Net income for the ...

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Cal-Maine 4th quarter sales down 24.8 pct.; net loss $376,000

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc.’s sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 were $303 million, a 24.8 percent decrease compared with $403.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. The company reported a net loss of $376,000, or 1 cent per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with net income of $46.1 million, or 95 cents ...

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Cal-Maine shares soar on earnings report

By JACK WEATHERLY Shares of Jackson-based Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the nation’s largest in-shell eggs producer, skyrocketed on Monday after the company reported exceptional earnings for its third fiscal quarter. Net income was $64.2 million, or $1.33 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, ending Feb. 27, compared with $50.9 million, or $1.06 per share, for the year-earlier quarter. Earnings per share ...

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Cal-Maine spared in flu outbreak — as shares soar

  By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods thus far has been unscathed in the outbreak of avian flu, which has forced egg producers in the Midwest to kill and dispose of millions of laying hens, said the Jackson-based company’s chief financial officer, Tim Dawson. Meantime, Cal-Maine has benefited from the outbreak. Its shares have risen from $38.38 on March 20, the ...

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MSU researcher finds first link between avian flu and Chinese poultry

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University researcher has uncovered the first molecular evidence linking live poultry markets in China to human H5N1 avian influenza. Henry Wan, an assistant professor in systems biology at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, collaborated with scientists in the World Health Organization Collaborative Centers for Influenza in China and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to investigate ...

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