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Biosecurity important to poultry operations worldwide

During an IPPE presentation David Shapiro, DVM, director of veterinary services at Perdue Farms highlighted the essential biosecurity procedures in poultry production.

"If you have a set of biosecurity rules and procedures so exhaustive that the document would do serious damage if dropped on your foot, you don't have a plan, you have a problem. Biosecurity rules are intended to reduce risk, but if they are incomprehensible, overwhelming, ignored, outdated or essentially useless, it's time for an overhaul," suggested Shapiro, during his Biosecurity: Real World Biosecurity Strategies to Minimize Animal Health and Food Safety Risks presentation.

He reviewed essential biosecurity procedures pertaining to poultry production at the Biosecurity: Revisiting the Basics and Implementing New Strategies program held during the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The program was sponsored by US Poultry & Egg Association.

"Set priorities," Shapiro said. "If you are considering a new rule, do not think about the rule; think about how much it reduces the risk of disease transmission."

"There is no such thing as spontaneous generation of disease. So if there's an outbreak at your facility, it's a reality check, a reminder that your biosecurity failed," according to Carl Heeder, DVM, of Zoetis, during his presentation on Biosecurity Implementation Management.

The theory of biosecurity is that it is a set of preventative measures to reduce the risk of transmission, but in reality it has to be a culture dedicated to reducing disease, he explained. Failure has several causes. It can result from the unknown: what didn't you know about conditions on your farm, employee movement and risk, maintenance, equipment sharing, the status of neighboring farms, or who's visiting your site and how they behave once they are on the premises. Without current information, you could be overlooking significant risk factors.

In his presentation on Biosecurity Perspective from Different Regions of the World, Nick Dorko, DVM, global head of veterinary services for Aviagen, observed that outbreaks can teach some difficult lessons that ultimately improve biosecurity, at least from a veterinary perspective. The H5N1 epidemic of about a decade ago "greatly improved biosecurity procedures, led to better cleaning and disinfection, and eliminated some live bird markets. Open houses are also less common now," he said. But in some areas, prevention strategies need to be stronger. The three most important steps to take are to eliminate multi-age farms, improve showers and ban outside vehicles from farms.


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  • Juan Garay

    Biosecurity must be a cultural behavior in a poultry company. The biosecurity measures included in beautiful manuals will not be effective if the employees don't grow with the culture of biosecurity...


    I do agree with Juan's view on biosecurity, without a cultural behavior on sanitation/ biosecurity, mere SOPs on book won't serve the purpose.

  • Dr A.G RAO

    The term 'biosecurity' for poultry industry looks very simple, but its implementations in true sense by the farmers as well as others who are engaged with the industry should understand well before adopting the measures without going for any shortcuts like mainly selecting proper chemicals for sanitation and disinfection with usual recommended levels.

    Dr. A.G. RAO

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  • Baso Darmawan

    Agree. To do biosecurity on farm one must change one's paradigm, it's a whole new world, especially in Indonesia where I live and work as a poultry vet.

    Thanks to Tamborine Aviaries for sharing the document.

  • Aqeel Shareef

    Biosecurity as a word is very simple to say, but it is so hard to be employed especially here in Iraq. Send me please a video explaining how can I practice biosecurity in broiler farms properly. Thank you so much.

  • Maher Ali Alazab

    Country, Area and Farm Biosecurity planning and procedures has to be implemented deeply and accuratly by whole the team members as - a life style - to achieve the goals.

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