Cleaning and Disinfection of Layer Houses01 June 2012
BELGIUM - The poultry industry is a dynamic one and the egg producers, who are part of it, are no exception to the rule, according to CID LINES.
The traditional cage ban that was introduced in EU at the beginning of 2012 is a prime example of how the poultry production industry needs to be flexible and ready for changes in order to be sustainable today and in the future.
The main goal of the ban of traditional cages is to raise the hen welfare standards but what about the hygiene standards in the alternative layer housing systems? The cages scored well on egg and hen hygiene and had relatively less dust flying around in them.
Because the hens are occupying the layer house up to 58 weeks, a high level of soiling (manure, feed, dust, scale, etc.) can be expected.
Which layer housing systems will also score well in terms of hygiene and are they easy to clean?
The possibility to thoroughly clean and disinfect the layer house only comes by every 12-13 months.Farmers should take this opportunity to aim for a pathogen free (Salmonella etc.) house during this all-out phase before introducing the new flock into the layer house.
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