Biosecurity

 

Biosecurity is a program used to safeguard poultry from the introduction and spread of infectious agents. It is about keeping what is inside the barn in, and what is outside the barn out. Biosecurity is a multi-faceted health plan that includes isolation, traffic control (vectors and fomites), hygiene, mortality and manure management in addition to cleaning, disinfection and water sanitation. Link’s to PIC’s biosecurity resources are below:

Link to New voluntary national biosecurity standard for livestock, poultry and deadstock transportation

Link to Farmed Animal Antimicrobial Stewardship in Ontario Poultry Industry 

Good Biosecurity on Farms

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We all know what good on-farm biosecurity programs are about:
  1. washing your hands
  2. wearing barn specific clothes
  3. keeping good records

But how good are we at preventing contamination by practicing biosecurity?

To assess the effectiveness of on-farm biosecurity practices GloGerm™ was used to simulate disease spread & contamination at the Arkell Poultry Research Station in Guelph Ontario. This allowed us to observe how well project volunteers were able to contain the “spread of disease”.

For more information on this project, click on the name of the fact sheets below you wish to see:

1) Bootwashing Factsheet
2) Handwashing Factsheet
3) PPE Factsheet
4) Quarantine/ Mortality Management Factsheet

Please click here to download a slideshow presentation that highlights the results of the original project.