Monday, July 22, 2024

Take the necessary steps to protect poultry from disease

By Elizabeth Bobenhausen Poultry Times staff ebobenhausen@poultrytimes.com

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — As the winter season approaches, people are taking precautions to protect themselves from illnesses that are lurking around. Likewise, poultry producers must take similar precautions to protect their flocks from getting any harmful diseases.

The USDA defines biosecurity “as everything people do to keep diseases — and the viruses, bacteria, funguses, parasites, and other microorganisms that cause disease — away from birds, property, and people.” There are two types of biosecurity constructs, structural biosecurity and operational biosecurity, according to the USDA. Structural biosecurity is the “measures used in the physical construction and maintenance of coops, pens, poultry houses, family farms. . .

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