Hurricane Florence has killed at least 1.7 million chickens, 6 million more at risk, top producer says

Sanderson Farms says more than a million chickens have died due to the floods caused by Hurricane Florence.

One of America’s largest chicken producers, says that the loss of around 1.7 million birds as a result of Hurricane Florence — and the company is warning of another 6.3 million are at risk if water continue to inhibit access to farms.

Sanderson Farms, Inc., that works 880 broiler houses in North Carolina, where the chickens are grown for the consumption of meat, reported that 60 of the facilities have been flooded and six other not be able to house chickens again until repairs are made.

“The Company estimates that approximately 1.7 million head of broilers average live inventory of approximately 20 million head, ranging in age from six days to two and sixty days, were destroyed as a result of flooding,” Sanderson Farms said in a statement this week.

A Sanderson Farms facility in Lumberton, N. C.

(Sanderson Farms, Inc.)

The company adds: “in addition, about thirty farms, has a population of approximately 211,000 chickens per company in the Lumberton (North Carolina), area isolated by floods and the Company is unable to reach those farms with feed trucks. Losses of live inventory could escalate if the Company does not regain access to these companies.”

Joe Sanders Jr., Sanderson Farms’ chairman and CEO, said the company “will provide ice, water, food and other supplies to those affected by this disastrous storm.”

“We will work hard over the next week to get our operations back on line, our primary focus is to respond to the needs of our local communities,” Sanderson Jr. has said. “We will continue with the help of people whose lives are more seriously disrupted.”

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