Poultry Bio-Security Measures

This is the prevention of disease causing agents entering or leaving any place where they pose a risk to farm animals and humans, or safety of quality of food products.

Good bio-security should be practiced at all times, not just during a disease outbreak. By taking preventative measures before knowing its spread in the country, you can ensure your flock grow to maturity in good health.

Guidance on the use of Insecticide for the treatment of animal vehicles

Before animals are loaded on a vehicle, the inside compartment must be treated with a virucidal insecticide spray approved by the HSE. Authorized pyrethoids for use against flying insects can be used in animal housing or similar areas as well such as abattoirs.

The user must do due diligence to not exceed manufacturers instructions as this may only lead to surface water pollution.

Guidance on siting poultry house

The site for any poultry house should be carefully considered before deciding where your poultry house should be.

For caged birds in modern commercial poultry, feed store houses and pens should not be cited next to any water bodies, neither should nearby water bodies be used as a source of water for cleaning out a house as there is a threat of fecal matter from wild birds which could potentially be a source of avian influenza or Newcastle Disease.

Wildfowl are a major source of avian influenza introduction in a commercial unit. They rarely travel more than 1 km away from water bodies in search of food. Therefore, the further away pens are situated from water, the better.

Local knowledge of the area is also important to understand seasonal wild birds migration and marine site density as this potentially attract birds.


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