USPOULTRY’s Hatchery-Breeder Clinic held in Nashville, Tenn.

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Attendees at the 2016 USPOULTRY Hatchery-Breeder Clinic learned about the tactical campaign, “All In or All Gone, Protect Your Farm, Protect Your Livelihood” which was established as a result of last year’s avian influenza outbreak. “When it comes to biosecurity, we wanted to create a campaign to change behaviour,” said Chad Mason, breeder-hatchery manager, Columbia Farms of Georgia.

Greg Lay, live production manager for Pilgrim’s, speaking at USPOULTRY’s Hatchery-Breeder Clinic in Nashville, Tenn.
Greg Lay, live production manager for Pilgrim’s, speaking at USPOULTRY’s Hatchery-Breeder Clinic in Nashville, Tenn.

We were not trying to sell a product. We were trying to help people establish good habits, as biosecurity is not a one and done task,” Mason explained. The campaign included people in varying geographies and roles in the industry.

Dr. Sarah Tilley, director of poultry health services for Fieldale Farms, provided insight into the new Veterinary Feed Directive that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. “In order to use drugs that are considered medically important, you will have to have a prescription. This will be difficult for companies that do not have a veterinarian on staff,” she remarked.

Dr. Sarah Tilley, director of poultry health services for Fieldale Farms,
Dr. Sarah Tilley, director of poultry health services for Fieldale Farms,

There are a number of new and existing housing challenges that Greg Lay, live production manager for Pilgrim’s, shared with attendees. “It is a high probability that the USDA and FDA will begin enforcing safe food initiatives on the farm with onsite inspections in the near future,” warned Lay.

Lay suggested that those putting in new facilities look at single point entry, security cameras, controlled access and perimeter fencing to help control who comes on the farm. For cost savings, energy efficiency and environmental benefits, Lay emphasized the benefits of solid wall housing and LED lighting.