• Short Summary

    Huge flocks of starlings have settled like a plague in an area of Kentucky in the United States, causing growing concern among the people who live there.

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    Huge flocks of starlings have settled like a plague in an area of Kentucky in the United States, causing growing concern among the people who live there.

    In Christian County, a productive agricultural area, the millions of birds are estimated to eat 7 1/2 million pounds (about 3 1/2 million kilograms) of grain each day. Last year, this amounted to about 2 (million U.S. dollars (about 900,000 pounds sterling) worth. The starlings are also to blame for spreading disease among the County's pigs. The fatalities among the thousands of pigs Henry Miller -- a local farmer -- once produced, has left him with le??? than a hundred. He has sold his farm and says he won't go back into the pig business until the birds have gone.

    Sickness has also spread among the people of Christian County since the birds became a problem; some have had to be treated in hospital for respiratory infections carried by the birds.

    Attempts by the army to disperse the birds by thinning their roost among the pines of Fort Campbell have only extended the problem to other parts of Christian County. Local residents, anxious about the health hazard and the loss to their crops, complain that Federal agencies and local congressmen have failed to recognise the magnitude of the bird problem. Many want the birds eradicated, but regulations will make this difficult even if the authorities will agree to it.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2BMBKMP759UYP6DU8K5J4EXBF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2BMBKMP759UYP6DU8K5J4EXBF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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