Biosecurity Important to Poultry Operations Worldwide


Source: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

“If you have a set of biosecurity rules and procedures so exhaustive that the document would do serious damage if dropped on your foot, you don’t have a plan, you have a problem. Biosecurity rules are intended to reduce risk, but if they are incomprehensible, overwhelming, ignored, outdated or essentially useless, it’s time for an overhaul,” suggested David Shapiro, DVM, director of veterinary services at Perdue Farms, during his Biosecurity: Real World Biosecurity Strategies to Minimize Animal Health and Food Safety Risks presentation. He reviewed essential biosecurity procedures pertaining to poultry production at the Biosecurity: Revisiting the Basics and Implementing New Strategies program held during the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The program was sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

“Set priorities,” Dr. Shapiro said. “If you are considering a new rule, do not think about the rule; think about how much it reduces the risk of disease transmission.”

“There is no such thing as spontaneous generation of disease. So if there’s an outbreak at your facility, it’s a reality check, a reminder that your biosecurity failed,” according to Carl Heeder, DVM, of Zoetis, during his presentation on Biosecurity Implementation Management.

The theory of biosecurity is that it is a set of preventative measures to reduce the risk of transmission, but in reality it has to be a culture dedicated to reducing disease, he explained. Failure has several causes. It can result from the unknown: what didn’t you know about conditions on your farm, employee movement and risk, maintenance, equipment sharing, the status of neighboring farms, or who’s visiting your site and how they behave once they are on the premises. Without current information, you could be overlooking significant risk factors.

In his presentation on Biosecurity Perspective from Different Regions of the World, Nick Dorko, DVM, global head of veterinary services for Aviagen, observed that outbreaks can teach some difficult lessons that ultimately improve biosecurity, at least from a veterinary perspective. The H5N1 epidemic of about a decade ago “greatly improved biosecurity procedures, led to better cleaning and disinfection, and eliminated some live bird markets. Open houses are also less common now,” he said. But in some areas, prevention strategies need to be stronger. The three most important steps to take are to eliminate multi-age farms, improve showers and ban outside vehicles from farms.

Ian Rubinoff, DVM, Hy-Line International, also spoke during the presentation describing a four-step process for analyzing biosecurity.

About IPPE

The International Production & Processing Expo is a collaboration of three shows - International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo - representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and the American Meat Institute (AMI), and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).


U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication, and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, Ga.


AFIA is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. AFIA also is the recognized leader on international industry developments. Member-companies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.


AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI’s members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry.

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