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Prevent Disease on your farm

Posted 20th February 2018

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All Biolinks products are Defra approved and we follow closely their code of practice when it comes to preventing infection and disease on the Farm. Our Dedicated Biosecurity Advisors will work with you to put together a comprehensive Biosecurity programme that meets the needs of the Auditors.

1.Don’t bring infection onto your farm, or spread it around your farm, on your clothes, footwear or hands. Clean overalls and footwear must be worn when entering poultry farms. Protective clothing and footwear should be removed and either cleansed and disinfected, laundered or disposed of after use.

2.Strictly limit and control access to poultry flocks. If possible, the site should be fenced with a controlled entry point. Visitors and their vehicles should be limited and as far as possible kept away from poultry buildings and pastures.

3.Have pressure washers, brushes, hoses, water and an approved disinfectant available. Please speak to Biolink for all your Disinfectant requirements and we can advise. Make sure they are used by visitors to clean vehicles, equipment and boots both before entry and on leaving.

4.Clean and disinfect all vehicles after each journey. If possible, do not use the same vehicles for transporting birds, feed, manure or other wastes.

5.Regularly clean and disinfect all crates, containers and other equipment before and after use. Do not move any equipment into different poultry buildings without cleaning and disinfecting it first. This also applies to injecting and dosing equipment.

6.Keep farm access routes, parking areas, yards, areas around buildings and storage areas clean and tidy and well maintained. This helps avoid wild birds and animals being attracted onto the site and entering buildings and stores.

7.Wild birds can carry poultry diseases. Minimize contact between poultry and wild birds. Prevent accumulation of standing water and remove spilled feed that could attract wild birds. Maintain buildings to ensure that wild birds do not nest or roost in them.

8.Keep wild birds, dogs, cats, rodents or other livestock out of poultry buildings and feed stores.

9.Have an active rodent and pest control system in place. Be vigilant for evidence of vermin. Monitor vermin activity by baiting and trapping.

10.Supply only clean fresh drinking water to birds. Water lines and drinkers must be flushed through and cleaned regularly. Again please speak to Biolink as we have a range of Water Treatments that work on water lines and can suit your birds. In the case of free-range birds restrict access to possible sources of standing water used by wild birds.

11.Feed bins, hoppers and feeding equipment must be cleaned and maintained regularly. Feed silos and containers must be sealed to prevent animals and wild birds contaminating feed.

12.Feed should only be obtained from a mill or supplier that operates in accordance with relevant Defra and Agricultural Industries Confederation Codes of Practice, who will make available results of salmonella tests on request.

13.Damaged eggs, dead birds, litter and manure may carry disease. Dispose of them promptly and properly.

14.At depopulation at the end of a cycle, thoroughly clean the building and all equipment, including ducting, drains and fans. Remove all surplus feed, dead birds and litter. Disinfect the premises and all equipment and carry out rodent and other pest control. Cleaning equipment and protective clothing should also be cleansed and disinfected.

Our Platinum Programme offers our customers the chance to meet their Cleaning, Disinfecting and Water treatment needs. Our Biosecurity Advisors will write and deliver the programme for you by working closely with you to understand your farm requirements ensuring profitability is of upmost importance.