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A biosecurity programme for healthy poultry

Biosecurity is crucial and essential for the safe and profitable production of all types of livestock, but poultry production is especially at risk for the following reasons

biosecurity, programme, healthy, poultry, livestock, africa, bird, chickens, fogging, disenfectant, cleaning, drinkers, eggsBiosecurity is crucial and essential for the safe and profitable production of all types of livestock, but poultry production is especially at risk for the following reasons

 

Rolling programme

 

CLEANING

  • Building is emptied of all poultry* and all litter removed (see footnote)

  • Compressed air or brushing used to dislodge dust and dirt from beams and fittings and to clean the floor.

  • All easily removable equipment is taken out to wash and disinfect outside

  • Drinker lines are sanitised with disinfectant solution. Mixture is left in the system for at least 12 hours then flushed through with clean water.

  • Electricity power supply switched off.

  • All surfaces are soaked with solution of an agricultural detergent applied through power washer at low pressure, so surfaces stay wet or foam stands for at least 20 minutes.

  • All surfaces are washed with clean cold water at high pressure to remove soiling prior to application of disinfectant.

* Immediately after emptying the building of all birds, but before embarking on the cleaning programme, producers can make a short-time aerosol application of insecticide (pyrethroid or other appropriate active ingredient). This will control all arthropod (insect and mite) pests, including those that are air-borne or resting up in cracks and crevices. Swift application, while the building is still warm, ensures good control while the insect and mite pests are still present and active.

 

DISINFECTION

 

  • Disinfectant is sprayed at recommended strength and at low pressure, covering all surfaces to ‘run-off’.

  • Roadways and aprons are washed and disinfected.

  • Re-introduce and assemble all clean and disinfected fittings.

  • Litter added and house set up, ensuring all personnel entering the house have clean clothing and disinfected boots.

  • Terminal disinfection is carried out by thermal fogging with house sealed for 1 hour afterwards and with 30 minutes ventilation before restocking.

 


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