Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures put in place to reduce the risk of introducing harmful bacteria, viruses or pathogens (external biosecurity); and minimise the spread of already present disease causing agents throughout the farm (internal biosecurity).
Biosecurity & Avian Influenza
From October onwards, the poultry industry is faced with a significant disease threat of Avian Influenza (AI); and this year is no different. On November 3rd, the first case of Highly Pathogenic AI (HPAI) was confirmed in a wild bird in Galway. Since this announcement, the situation has only worsened. There are now over 49 confirmed cases in wild birds, and a number cases in commercial poultry holdings. Read more ...
One measure which is implemented on poultry units is the control of staff and visitors to and between poultry farms. It is widely understood that pathogens can be transferred via humans, i.e. humans can carry disease causing agents on their body (hair/skin/under fingernails), clothes and/or shoes. Therefore, it is crucial that the number of people interacting/entering the poultry unit is kept to a minimum.
- Only essential visitors should be permitted access.
- A visitor log must be maintained.
Find out more about visitor logs here
Broiler Farm Biosecurity
The aim of this video is to condense all the advice on how to achieve good biosecurity on broiler farms. The video lists the minimum number of activities that a broiler farmer would have to undertake to have the greatest impact on improving biosecurity.
Biosecurity Webinars 2021
Biosecurity assessments for broiler and layers units: Irish results
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor, was joined by Carla Gomes, Animal Health Ireland (AHI), on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 25th August to discuss biosecurity assessments for broiler and layers units: Irish results, followed by a Q&A session
Biosecurity assessments for broiler and layers units - Irish results (PDF)
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor, was joined by Conor Sheehy of St David’s Poultry Team. Conor discussed the the importance of biosecurity when working with poultry and how to put it into practice.
Mitigating Bird Flu with Better Biosecurity
Webinar hosts, Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor, and Niall Brennan, Alltech Ireland Poultry Coordinator, facilitated this webinar with presentations from James Greaves, Broiler & Broiler Breeder Consultant, and Joe O’Flaherty, Veterinary Public Health, Pig & Poultry Health, DAFM.