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How to use holistic approach to biosecurity for new or existing poultry farming projects

How to use holistic approach to biosecurity for new or existing poultry farming projects

One of the most discussed topics in the poultry world today is biosecurity. The global fight against the Avian influenza (bird flu) has increased interest in the need to endorse strict biosecurity policies to prevent disease spread.

These policies include the minimizing of traffic of biological organisms (viruses, bacteria, rodents, etc.) from one chicken farm to the other. As this policy deals directly with poultry health, many believe that responsibility for biosecurity should be left in the hands of the vet. However, while veterinary physicians must provide the knowledge, the implementation of good biosecurity practices should be prime concern of everybody in the company or farm.

HR policy implications

One of the key issues of biosecurity should be human resources decisions that might have serious implications. So, for example, an electrician responding to urgent calls from two different poultry farms might be an obvious infection vector.

As it turns out, the decision whether to have an in-house electrician or one on call, is not just a cost-saving decision but a vital biosecurity concern.

Decisions on issues such as whether a farm should own forklifts for marketing or hire them are also biosecurity decisions as they will result in a decision on using them in one place or...

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