HPAI prevention requires ‘buckle-up’ mentality to biosecurity

Build a biosecurity culture and common failures
calendar icon 19 October 2022
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The only option for poultry farms to prevent an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is 100% adherence to biosecurity rules.

“You can be doing 99% of [biosecurity] correctly and somebody does one thing wrong and brings the disease into the farm,” reported Bret Rings, DVM, Cobb-Vantress. “Think of biosecurity as a chain — it is only as strong as the weakest link.”

Strengthening biosecurity requires building a culture that makes following protocols second nature for everyone on the farm.

“It’s like a seatbelt; it is protection that you use and do all the time because you never know when you will need it,” Rings said. “You never know when you will be exposed to HPAI and you need to protect your flock.”

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