Egg Industry - July 2018 - 4
4 ❙ EggIndustry
Designing an effective egg farm
Preventing introduction of communicable disease on your farm starts
with having a good biosecurity program.
In 2015, the International Egg Commission (IEC)
formed the Avian Influenza Global Expert Group. It
was established with the intention of bringing top scientists and experts from around the world together to
propose solutions to fight avian influenza (AI) in the
short, medium and long term.
The group has given priority to highlighting the
importance of egg farm biosecurity in preventing the
initial outbreak and reducing subsequent transmission.
The AI Global Expert Group has created a plan - or
checklist - that can be used as a practical tool on a
producer's operation to improve biosecurity.
Four pillars of biosecurity
There are four pillars of biosecurity: conceptual,
structural, operational and cultural, said Travis Schaal,
DVM, director of grandparent production and internal
veterinary services with Hy-Line International, at the
IEC Business Conference recently held in London.
Conceptual refers to the farm layout within its geographical region or isolation from other poultry farms.
Structural components include the brick and mortar,
the truck washes, the rock borders and other things on
a producer's operation that help exclude disease.
"Where the four pillars really excel are in the operational and cultural biosecurity measures," Schaal
said. This is the plan's standard operating procedures,
the work instructions, and employee interaction plan to
ensure the most efficient production on the farms in an
economical and protective way.
Cultural biosecurity is making sure employees in
Vehicles are a
disease vector and
washing the vehicles,
particularly the tires,
can reduce this risk.
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facilities are all following the same rules and understand the ultimate goal of protecting flocks.
Need for a plan
The 2015 outbreak of AI in the U.S. forced producers to re-evaluate what biosecurity meant to commerwww.WATTAgNet.com ❙ July 2018
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