Biosecurity for poultry

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‘Biosecurity’ is a much used and abused word, easy to talk about but extremely difficult to establish and maintain. Biosecurity programmes must be strategically planned, far-reaching and underpinned by the basic principles and rules of good hygiene. Ultimate long-term success will only be achieved with clear-cut priorities and correctly sequenced steps.

Sustainable biosecurity means beginning with an absolutely disease free environment and then erecting and maintaining a hermetic (sealed) cordon around the entire farm. As an extra precaution separate biosecure cordons are established around each individual poultry house as additional barriers to infection.

Only buy poultry stock from known disease-free sources. All incoming vehicles must be washed down and tyres and wheel arches sprayed to ‘run-off ’with disinfectant. Drivers should remain in the cab or otherwise be provided with waterproof protective clothing and boots.

The focal point of any bioseurity programme in provision of pest and disease free housing for birds. New birds brought onto the farm must be isolated from other birds for fourteen days while blood tests, vaccination, preventative medication and anti-parasitic treatment are performed. In the meantime the existing flock should be removed from the intended house which is made biosecure before the new flock is installed.

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