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• • • •   SPECIAL COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM POULTRY HEALTH TODAY   • • • •

The editors of Poultry Health Today are acutely aware of the hardships facing the poultry industry as it responds to plant closures, labor shortages and other challenges resulting from the pandemic.

At the same time, we recognize that maintaining flock health and biosecurity are vital to the industry’s long-term security and sustainability. We therefore will continue to report on the latest news and information to help the poultry industry meet this goal. As always, we welcome your comments and editorial suggestions.

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... Effective biosecurity requires addressing the culture of a company

Effective biosecurity on poultry farms requires developing the kind of culture that motivates everyone in the company to adhere to the procedures that protect flocks from infectious disease.

... Biosecurity expert sees more room for improvement on poultry farms

Biosecurity on commercial poultry farms has come a long way but still has far to go, Joseph Giambrone, PhD, professor of poultry science, Auburn University, told Poultry Health Today.

... Refined carbs show promise as ‘sentinel’ for Salmonella control

Higher government standards for Salmonella control have put more pressure on poultry companies to reduce incidence on broiler farms and lower the pathogen load going into processing. 

... Commercial poultry vets can help backyard growers, and themselves, by sharing tips on biosecurity

Improved communication between poultry company veterinarians and backyard chicken growers could help improve biosecurity and reduce disease spread for all flocks.

... New US turkey hatchery shows industry’s focus on automation, biosecurity

Between sinking unemployment rates, the challenge of retaining good labor to conduct repetitive tasks and the increasing need to optimize biosecurity, more and more poultry companies are turning to...

... Biosecurity, disinfection, downtime keys to better ILT control

Strict biosecurity is the best defense against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) in broiler flocks, advises Maricarmen García, PhD, a professor at the University of Georgia.

... Salmonella Infantis can complicate respiratory problems in broilers

Salmonella Infantis can become a persistent problem in broilers and exacerbate mortality when combined with infectious bronchitis, experience indicates at an integrated South American poultry

... Study shows how unchanged boots disrupt biosecurity

Poultry farmers looking for ways to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria in their facilities need look no further than the boots on their feet.

... On-farm Salmonella control helps prevent processing plant contamination

Contaminated chicken feathers and feet may be the primary vectors for transmitting Salmonella from poultry houses to processing plants, according to Martha Pulido, DVM, PhD, Mississippi State...

... Buckling down on biosecurity

For this special report, our editors talked with disease experts about what poultry companies can do to buckle down on biosecurity and protect their flocks from infectious diseases.

... Biosecurity: ‘It doesn’t have to be boring’

Even though biosecurity is a critically important subject, many poultry producers tune it out — for the simple reason that it bores them, said Nathaniel Tablante, DVM, a professor and poultry...

... ‘Inspect what you expect’ applies to poultry vaccination crews

By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV  Corporate Veterinarian   Sanderson Farms, Inc. 

... Commercial and backyard poultry production: Bringing two worlds together for better biosecurity

by Tom Tabler, PhD Extension Professor Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department Mississippi State, MS

... Site-specific biosecurity key to disease protection

Egg producers are being urged to not adopt a “one size fits all” approach to biosecurity in a bid to keep avian influenza (AI) away from their flocks this winter.

... South African producers ‘unprepared’ for bird flu, expert says

South Africa’s poultry farmers are scrambling to boost biosecurity measures after being “caught out” by an outbreak of avian influenza, according one of the country’s top vets.

... Check farm biosecurity now ahead of potential avian flu return, disease expert says

Poultry producers should assess their farm biosecurity in preparation for a return of avian influenza this winter, according to an expert in the spread and control on animal disease.

... Hofacre: There’s always room for improvement with Salmonella

Most US poultry companies are doing an “outstanding job” controlling Salmonella, but there's always room for improvement.

... Alternative therapies called best long-term hope for blackhead disease in turkeys

Alternative treatments may be the only long-term hope for managing blackhead in turkeys, said Robert Beckstead, PhD, turkey health specialist, North Carolina State University.

... US flocks have room to improve in avian flu protection

The US poultry sector can still do more to protect flocks from avian influenza, despite making significant efforts to improve biosecurity since the last major outbreak of the disease.

... Sanderson Farms vet drawing new battle lines against ILT

Sanderson Farms growers have been asked to stop driving their farm trucks off the farm to help prevent outbreaks of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT), according to Phil Stayer, DVM, head...

... Lapses in biosecurity: Veterinarian urges poultry companies to avoid these mistakes

Biosecurity needs to be approached as a comprehensive process, not as a series of segregated actions, according to Jean Sander, DVM, senior technical services veterinarian for Zoetis.

... Hatchery expert offers tips for fighting bacteria, improving biosecurity

With more US poultry companies reducing or eliminating antibiotic use in the hatchery, poultry companies need to make an even greater effort to guard against costly bacterial infections.

... Biosecurity key to combating US avian flu threat

Farm biosecurity remains US poultry producers’ key defense in making sure they are protected from the potentially devastating effects of avian influenza, say officials.

... Producers eye vaccines, sanitation, biosecurity following new VFD rules

Increased use of vaccines and better sanitation and biosecurity are the two most common changes livestock and poultry producers are making in response to the loss of shared use antibiotics imposed by...

... Biosecurity ‘most important tool’ to limit avian flu risk

Improving poultry farm hygiene and biosecurity is critical to limiting the threat of avian influenza to the poultry sector, a leading influenza researcher has warned.

... Video provides practical biosecurity tips for poultry

A training video that provides practical biosecurity tips for protecting commercial poultry flocks from avian influenza and other infectious diseases has been developed by the University of Maryland...

... Are there practical alternatives to ionophores?

Proponents of raising broilers without ionophores and other antibiotics have proposed putting more emphasis on farm management, biosecurity and alternatives to anticoccidials.

... Reports of colistin resistance prompting layer producers to rethink E. coli management

By Dieter Vancraeynest, DVM, PhD Zoetis [email protected]

... Biosecurity in poultry production: What makes it work — and what doesn’t

By Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt, DMV, MSc, PhD Professor, director Research Group on the Epidemiology of Zoonoses and Public Health Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire Associate director Université...

... Educating growers improves broiler biosecurity

An outreach program in the poultry-intense Delmarva region is helping growers improve biosecurity and protect flocks from potentially devastating disease.

... Preventing infection, dehydration helps ensure good chick quality

By Philip A. Stayer, DVM Corporate Veterinarian, Sanderson Farms, Inc.

... Breaches in biosecurity: Sanderson Farms vet shares three valuable lessons

By Philip A. Stayer, DVM Corporate Veterinarian, Sanderson Farms, Inc.

... Eight ways to protect your farm from avian flu this fall

To prepare for the avian flu this fall, the National Chicken Council (NCC) has identified eight biosecurity principles for broiler and broiler-breeder producers.

... Flu panel examines US control efforts, impacts on trade

With well over 200 outbreaks affecting more than 47 million poultry over the last six months, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is hitting the US poultry industry hard.

... Poultry disease prevention checklist

Dr Casey Ritz of the University of Georgia presents a checklist for poultry farmers to assess the biosecurity risk on their farm.


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