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A clean house pays back: An innovative tool to help you improve cleaning and disinfection

Hygiene and biosecurity is of utmost importance for a good cycle: when no pathogen will reach the flock, no harm will be done to the flock. In real life this is hard to achieve and very expensive (ie SPF). For commercial flocks the costs for such standards are too high, a workable equilibrium should be found. 

Broiler production is running on a thin line with a lot of time pressure for the cleaning and disinfection (C&D). Pathogenic micro-organisms are a continuous threat as they can cause illness, immunosuppression and poor performance. A good start of a broiler flock begins with healthy chicks in a clean house.

A check of the efficacy of C&D is often missing, mainly because tools are lacking. Visual inspection doesn’t give information on the success of the disinfection, only on cleaning. Bacterial sampling and ATP-testing provides more information about the results of disinfection regarding bacteria, but representativeness is questionable as only very small parts of the broiler house are sampled.

GD developed an innovative, easy test to check if C&D had the desired result. The golden test would sample the whole house, would check for pathogens...

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