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February 07, 2008   Email to Friend 

SPARKS: POULTRY FARMS DAMAGED IN TUESDAY TORNADOES
Alden Harris
(334) 240-7232
February 07, 2008

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Ron Sparks, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, has confirmed that several poultry houses across North Alabama have been damaged and some destroyed due to a tornado that moved through Jackson County on Tuesday night.

"We have been able to confirm that at least three poultry farms have been damaged," Sparks said. "There were approximately 140,000 to 150,000 birds on site among these poultry houses. Among those, 21,000 birds were lost. The remaining birds will be sent to other facilities."

In addition to the poultry losses, Sparks reported two cows killed and a calf injured. Workers were trying to save as many remaining birds as possible and minimize the impact on agriculture in the affected region.


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