Egg Industry - July 2018 - 6
6 ❙ EggIndustry
DESIGNING AN EFFECTIVE EGG FARM
manure and companies handling the birds. Cooperative or
multiple complexes must treat each site as separate. Even
delivery trucks should be kept to a minimum, if possible,
including non-agriculture vehicles.
It's also important to consider how certain procedures
will be completed in the winter versus the summer.
Maintain biosecurity goals
Personnel and equipment are the No. 1 risk factor in disease control, including AI. Personnel should be in place who
are trained in auditing biosecurity standard operation procedures. Each farm should have its own site risk analysis and
staff responsible for biosecurity protocols. Regularly scheduled staff meetings should help maintain biosecurity goals.
Staff should have separate clothing for work outside
of the barn. Color coding is a simple and effective way
to identify clothing used for outside versus inside the
houses. Showers should be well-maintained for employees.
Management cannot bypass rules or staff will lose focus
of the importance of each step. Staff should only wear impermeable footwear. Management should provide clothing
for all personnel including external crews. Staff who do
not follow procedures should face ramifications, as not following procedures opens the door for potential infection or
other issues that may result in reduction of egg production.
Management should make sure there are separate external cleaning and disinfection stations for all supplies
entering a farm. People and equipment should be considered
dirty upon arrival at the farm gate. Employees should not
be allowed to own any birds. Farm personnel should also be
trained to avoid bird hunting, bird shows or zoos.
Wild birds and small mammals can spread many diseases, including AI; they must be excluded from poultry
houses. Layer barns must have secure wired sides or be
fully enclosed. There are contract services available for pest
prevention programs, or this can be setup by farm staff.
In any instance involving rodents or pests, there should be
documentation so that management can track the efficacy
Perimeter fencing and shower-in and shower-out capability
can help reduce the risk of farm workers and visitors serving
as disease vectors. | Terrence O'Keefe
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