FM: That’s a gray area.
MC: I never thought of that before.
FM: Oh I have. I have spent many hours thinking about that because when you know 197 farms went down in 2002, you have these birds like I just said that are privately owned, there’s only a small number of them. These birds are for their own consumption. So the birds that they have are not going to end up in the grocery store. They are eating their own eggs, if they don’t eat their own eggs they would give them to a friend ro a neighbor or something and then when the birds have peaked out which means that they have basically quit laying, they are usually slaughtered and butchered on their farm and eaten by themselves. It could be an issue if you had a major flu outbreak. If they would get infected or catch the virus. Once again though it’s not going to end up where the consumer can get their hands on it. So that’s good news. The problem I have with that is could they be a carrier and re-infect after you have cleaned up and were going back into production? Well obviously it didn’t happen. But that’s not to say it couldn’t happen. But then that brings us to another question and that is what about wild birds? Well they could be carriers too and that is what of course has been a big fear. I mean I have already heard and I am sure you have heard it too, that one guy predicted that 240-260 million people would die because of the flu and that started in Vietnam. And you might want to double check my figures, but as of the middle of last summer, there had been nine people had died from the flu. These people were involved in religious ceremonies where they drank the blood from the chicken raw, warm. They did contact the flu and they did die. And that, nobody that was tending to the poultry contacted it. It was the people through these religious ceremonies that actually drank warm blood and it cost them their life. I don’t foresee that being a problem here, you know, unless there is some kind of a cult or religious and it could be, very well could be in this country, I don’t know, but I don’t foresee that being a problem.
MC: Yeah. So yeah, okay. That’s what I was kind of wondering too with the Mennonites was if it could infect your chickens, your turkeys.
FM: I don’t know. It’s possible- I don’t think there’s any more chance of that happening than wild bird.
MC: Doing it.
FM: Doing it. And with the poultry that is around here, obviously it wasn’t a problem, because we have kind of tried and tested that. We saw what happened in 2002, we killed the flocks that were positive. The birds that a lot of the Mennonites had I don’t assume they killed them and everything is fine, so I don’t ‘know.
FM: Good question.