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BIOSECURITY AND IT’S EFFECTS IN POULTRY

Biosecurity creates hygienic conditions within the poultry house to minimize the adverse effects of a disease, optimize bird performance, and welfare and provide assurance on food safety issues

Poor bird health has a negative impact on all aspects of flock management and production, including growth rate, FCR, mortality, condemnations, processing traits, and bird welfare

Best practices for Biosecurity:

A biosecurity program should be

-Robust

-Mandatory

-Practical

-Cost-effective

-Part of the staff training

-Financially resourced

-Reviewed regularly

 

Potential routes of disease exposure are:

-Feed

-Litter

-Chicks

-Rodents

-Equipment and vehicles

-Other poultry livestock & pets

-Water

-Hatchery

-Insects

-People

-Wild birds

-Housing

 

THINGS TO NOTE:

  1. Prevent unauthorized access to the farm, all people entering the farm should shower on and change clothing
  2. Maintain a visitor record
  3. Hands and boots should be sanitized when entering and leaving the individual houses
  4. Clean and disinfect all equipment before bringing it into a house
  5. Visit the youngest flock first
  6. Wherever possible use an “all-in/all-out” cycle
  7. Clean up feed spills immediately
  8. Store litter materials and feed inside an enclosed storage bin or building
  9. Do not leave equipment, building materials, or litter lying around
  10. Keep wild birds out of all houses and maintain an effective rodent/vermin program