Ensuring biosecurity in poultry farming

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Our expert Robert presents the biosecurity rules and procedures to be implemented on your poultry farm. From the geographical location of the site to the health lock, discover the different steps!


Robert Wehrlen - GP & PS Breeder production director


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Geographical location

When establishing a livestock farm, it’s important to study :

  • the geograpgical environment of the site,
  • the proximity to other farms whatever the species,
  • proximity to roads alongs which live animals are transported,
  • presence of industrial waste treatment facilities such as sewage treatment plants or composting plants.

It’s important to control the near-environment and the spreading of organic effluents such as manure or slurry, which can lead to biological contamination.

Access to the farm

Access to the farm must be controlled by setting up flows which are separated physically or over time. Also controlled by adopting decontamination procedures at the site entrance.

The rendering collection point must be as far away as possible from the livestock area, to limit the crossings of the flows with the farm inputs.

Flow and storage

The fence separates the livestock-specific traffic area from the area where external stakeholders can enter, such as deliveries of feed and gas!

Straw storage is dedicated and specific to the farm. It’s protected from the birds and also from rodents with regular disinfestation. The straw shed is inside the livestock area.

The health lock

The last stage in protecting the building is the decontamination area, divided into 3 zones. 

1: For an occasional visit, shoe covers are worn, taking care not to return the shoe covers to the dirty side of the area. 

2: To disinfect your hands. First, use a sanitary lotion. After drying hands, finish the disinfection with a hydroalcoholic gel. 

3: Wear an outfit reserved for the farm which includes a full-body suit and a hair cap. When crossing over to the third zone, a second pair of shoes must be worn when entering the clean area, also called “livestock area”. 

Biosecurity procedures

All the biosecurity procedures are available in the biosecurity folder, which includes the circulation plan and the flow management plan

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