From WATTAgNet:

The poultry industries in several continents remains at risk because of avian influenza outbreaks. Are the birds in your flocks protected by good biosecurity practices? The following articles, featuring insights from poultry health experts, can give you some good pointers.

1. Biosecurity: The first line of defense against avian flu

A biosecurity system is based on three major components: conceptual biosecurity, structural biosecurity and procedural biosecurity. -- Dr. Mueez Ahmad, technical support veterinarian, Neogen Corp.

2. 9 avian flu control measures to implement in your area

“Not everything is under your control. So you’d better control the things that you can.” -- Dr. Duane Murphy, veterinarian, Farbest Foods

3. 7 disease control lessons learned from HPAI

Parts of the Secrue Food Supply plans, a joint effort between industry, state governments, academia and the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – worked. Other parts did not. -- Dr. James Roth, distinguished professor at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine


4. 12 poultry farm biosecurity principles you should know

When farmers are drawing up a biosecurity plan, they need to think of their operation from the top down and perhaps use an aerial photo of their property. -- Dr. Gergory Martin, educator and extension specialist, Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension

5. Broiler complex design prevents avian flu outbreaks

Thailand’s avian influenza outbreak in 2004 served as the trigger for Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) to design and build a broiler complex using HACCP principles to exclude avian influenza to serve export markets.

6. Analysis: How the Dutch control avian influenza

Thanks to swift action following the first appearance of the disease, avian influenza in the Netherlands was limited to three indoor layer flocks, one broiler breeder farm, and one duck rearing farm. Two additional farms were culled preventatively.