Poultry disease prevention checklist
04 August 2014
Dr Casey Ritz of the University of Georgia presents a checklist for poultry farmers to assess the biosecurity risk on their farm.
Disease prevention is much less stressful and costly than disease control and recovery. Biosecurity measures are a critical component of disease prevention.
Use the list below to rate your disease prevention practices and preparedness.
Check the box for all questions to which you can answer “yes”. A score of 80 or better is outstanding, 70 to 79 excellent, 60 to 69 good, 50 to 59 just fair, and 49 or less indicates a definite need for improvement.
A. Score 5 points for each “yes” answer.
|My farm is isolated from other poultry facilities.|
|My poultry houses are set back at least 200 feet from public roads.|
|Access deterrents are in place such as warning signs at entrances, perimeter fencing or gated driveways.|
|My buildings are secured with locks.|
|My employees do not own poultry.|
|No other avian species are kept on my property.|
|I have a pest management programme to control mice, rats and other pests.|
B. Score 4 points for each “yes” answer.
|My birds are observed every day for abnormal symptoms and overall flock health.|
|I routinely analyze my poultry production, feed consumption, and mortality records for signs of problems.|
|Dead birds are picked up daily from the houses for appropriate disposal.|
|My farm has secure dead bird disposal, with no access to birds or animals.|
|Vehicles or people cannot enter my farm or poultry houses without my permission or knowledge.|
|Visitors must park vehicles in a designated area and sign a logbook.|
C. Score 3 points for each “yes” answer.
|My poultry housing is animal and wild-bird proof.|
|All tools and equipment are cleaned and disinfected before coming on my farm.|
|Production houses are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between flocks.|
|Production house entryways are routinely cleaned and disinfected.|
|Disinfectant footbaths are at each entryway of every facility and are routinely cleaned and recharged.|
|Debris and vegetation are cleaned up and kept clear of the production facilities.|
|Feed spills are cleaned up quickly when they occur.|
|For necessary visitors, I provide clean coveralls and boots.|
|My employees do not travel to other poultry premises not under my control.|
D. Score 2 points for each “yes” answer.
|All utility and service vehicles entering my farm are properly sanitized before entry and the drivers do not enter the poultry houses.|
|Farm employees work only in assigned areas; they do not go to other areas of the farm.|
|Dead birds are not carried from house to house.|
|Poultry waste from other farms is never spread on the fields adjacent to my farm.|
|I have instructed my employees and service personnel about poultry disease and on-farm prevention measures.|
E. Score 1 point for each “yes” answer.
|Household pets are kept away from the poultry buildings.|
|I have implemented a fly control programme for my farm.|
|I follow all company-implemented disease prevention measures on my farm.|
|I regularly attend educational programmes to keep abreast of new developments in disease control.|
|TOTAL (Perfect score = 100)|
Article courtesy of thepoultrysite.com