Egg Industry - July 2018 - 18
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7 ways farms can build culture
of biosecurity compliance
Setting expectations, educating employees and measuring the results
all increase biosecure practices.
Biosecurity compliance research
Given the potential impact of diseases like
avian influenza on poultry operations,
compliance should be expected to be
high. However, that's not the case.
Racicot shared the results of a
study she conducted using hidden cameras in barn entrances at
poultry farms in Quebec, Canada.
It aimed to evaluate and describe
the application of biosecurity
measures when entering and exiting poultry barns.
The study showed overall
biosecurity compliance was about
34.7 percent. With coverall use ranking highest, at 71 percent, and respect of
areas of limitation, at 15 percent. More than
75 percent compliance is considered good, while
75 to 25 percent is intermediate and less than 25
percent is low compliance.
Building a culture of compliance
Racicot spoke about ways to increase compliance
and build a biosecure culture. However, she cautioned
that this isn't a one-time measure.
"Biosecurity compliance is a significant challenge
and, by implementing a behavior-based system, we
will create a biosecurity culture. But you need to keep
in mind that this is a cyclical process, so it's always
a work in progress and we need to repeat and redo
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Everyone knows biosecurity is important, but farm
workers may not be following the procedures to ensure
a biosecure facility. That can be changed by taking a
few key steps.
As part of the 2018 International Production &
Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Dr. Manon Racicot,
veterinary epidemiologist, biosecurity expert and adjunct professor at the Université de Montréal, spoke
about how farmers can boost their adherence to biosecurity practices and build a culture of compliance.