Poultry growers reeling from April 28 tornadoes

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Board of Animal Health reports poultry producers lost more than one million birds to the tornadoes or subsequent power outages from the April 28 storm.

Winston, Wayne, Newton and Scott counties reported 58 houses with major damage and 17 houses with minor damage.

Tom Tabler with the Mississippi State University Extension Service says many poultry growers have significant recovery expenses but no options for income except disaster money. He says some of them may have lost their homes in addition to their poultry houses.

Winston County grower Tim Hobby says he lost 10 broiler houses and 234,000 birds. About half of the birds arrived four days before the storm, and he says the others were placed in the houses about two hours before the tornado barreled through.

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