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The latest information, protocols and research on farm biosecurity to keep contagious diseases and pests from entering livestock farms and spreading to neighboring producers from the editors of WATT PoultryUSA, Poultry International and Egg Industry magazines. Topics include risk assessment, risk management and risk communication strategies. Register for free to access premium content.



Poultry biosecurity plans prepared humans for COVID-19

As state lawmakers continue to put stay-at-home orders in place, people could learn to be safe by implementing some of the steps associated with poultry biosecurity.
A lot of companies are providing agriculture-related educational worksheets to kids that currently can't go to school, perhaps something on biosecurity could be next and create trust between producers and consumers?
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Essential critical workers

Homeland Security recognizes food, ag sectors as ‘essential’

Guidance document says food and agriculture workers should maintain normal work schedule
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued guidance that includes the food and agriculture industries in its “essential critical infrastructure workforce” that should continue operations during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Sanderson Farms implements COVID-19 response plan

Measures include hand sanitation stations, a ban on travel and more frequent cleaning of processing facilities.
Sanderson Farms is taking action to keep employees safe and ensure the continued production of high-quality poultry products during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Farm biosecurity bill introduced in Canada

If approved, it would be a violation of the Health of Animals Act to enter a farm without legal permission due to potential animal health risks
A bill under consideration in Canada would make entering properties where farm animals are kept without lawful authority or excuse to enter an offense under the country’s Health of Animals Act.
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How bioinformatics could transform poultry health monitoring

Data analysis allows for quick implementation of corrective management processes.
Bioinformatics combines computational and statistical approaches in order to analyze biological data, such as genome sequencing. A rapidly growing field of science, it has shown great promise to help monitor, identify and track poultry flock health.
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Vets shift priorities in face of new infectious diseases

Prevention, control and surveillance will be important strategies to protect human and animal health against emerging pandemics.
Modern veterinary care in poultry facilities should be focused on the prevention, control and surveillance of infectious diseases, Mark Bienhoff, explained at the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) on Wednesday, January 29, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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How biosecurity could prevent the next avian influenza outbreak

Designating a clean and a dirty side in your facility is one of the most important ways to maintain biocontainment.
Proper biocontainment will be necessary to protect poultry flocks against avian influenza and other foreign animal diseases, Bill Stanley explained at the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) on Tuesday, January 28, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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