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DES MOINES, Iowa — A mass chicken disposal is underway at an egg farm in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.

Crews loaded wheelbarrows full of dead chickens into dump trucks to be taken off-site from the Cold Spring Egg Farm.

State and federal officials are trying to contain an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu on the farm.

RELATED: Bird flu: Nearly 12.6M chickens, turkeys in at least 8 states killed or will be destroyed soon

Nearly three-million chickens are being destroyed.

The dead birds are being taken to a field — owned by the same farm — eight miles away to be composted.

The state says composting is the most efficient and environmentally responsible method of disposal.

SEE ALSO | Bird flu confirmed in backyard flock in central Illinois; similar infections reported across US

The bird flu is of low risk to humans, but a high risk to the poultry industry.

A 2015 outbreak caused more than $650 billion in losses.

Source: ABC7

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