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UK Bird Flu Wipes Out Half of Free-Range Turkeys for Christmas

Turkeys at a farm in Cheshire, UK.

Turkeys at a farm in Cheshire, UK.

Photographer: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

A record bird flu outbreak in the UK has resulted in culling of almost half of the nation’s free-range turkeys for Christmas, according to the poultry industry group. 

About 600,000 free-range birds have been culled or died as a result of the virus, out of 1.2 million to 1.3 million birds produced specifically for Christmas, said Richard Griffiths, chief executive officer of the British Poultry Council, at a parliamentary committee hearing on Tuesday.