A biosecurity plan is an essential for any poultry farm but just having a plan is not enough – it should be personalized for your unique operation. As you consider ways in which to create it, make sure that you have the right equipment to get the job done. Also be sure you are asking and answering the right questions. Below you will find some questions you may want to consider.
Where Are Your Lines of Separation?
Do you know where the areas of disinfection are going to occur? If you have more than one operation then you will need to pay special attention. For example, if you have livestock and crops on a single site, then your lines of separation will be even more important as you will want to make sure you are keeping both your poultry and your crops safe and secure.
Where Are Your Points of Entry and Exit?
Next, think about where people are getting off and on your farm. How can you control this area to ensure that it is a one-way tract? Successfully doing so helps to prevent newly cleaned equipment from coming into contact with equipment that has not yet been cleaned.
What Special Steps Are You Taking to Lower Risk?
There are a number of steps that can be taken to help reduce risk of contamination. Which particular steps your operation will need to take will vary based on a wide range of factors. For example, it is common for poultry farmers to have regular visitors including family members, business contacts, delivery drivers, etc., all of whom can potentially bring and spread disease.
For these farmers, steps can be taken to reduce the number of people on the farm. For example, they may hold business meetings off site. A drop box can be placed well outside the farm for package delivery. Again, the specific steps each farmer will need to take will vary based on the specific farm.
Where Are Your Buffer Zones and Are They Sufficient?
Consider the distance between your hot and cold zones. This should also involve the plume trail from the house. Make sure that your zones are sufficient based on the specifics of your setup. There is no single distance that works for all – you must consider your own setup.
Do You Have the Right Pressure Washing Equipment?
Keeping your poultry farm as clean as possible requires the right hot water pressure washing equipment. If you are in need of finding the right equipment, adding accessories, or discovering what your options are, then we urge you to contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 now.