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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Poultry biosecurity for urban and backyard bird owners

Poultry diseases are not exclusive to large poultry farms. Urban and backyard flocks owners can reduce the spread of diseases like avian influenza, salmonella or e. coli by implementing a simple biosecurity plan. Watch this video to learn more!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Water, Water Everywhere! How does that relate to biosecurity on poultry farms?



By Dr. Sally Noll


I had to get out for a walk (cabin fever!) despite the dreary sloppy weather on Saturday (January 21, 2017). As I was walking around a nearby lake path, it seemed pretty obvious what to avoid stepping in – large puddles, dog droppings (please dog owners - pick up!!), mud, etc. The lake was starting to open up in areas and there were growing numbers of Mallard ducks hanging out in the open water. I started to wonder if I was avoiding any other nasty things such as avian influenza (if around) on my walk. As I was heading home, I started thinking what I would do if I had to check on poultry at the research farm later in the day? I’m not scheduled to do so, but what if there is an emergency and I need to go in? We do have Danish Entry protocols in place at the research buildings so that should limit potential contamination. As I walked into my garage, I also started thinking about what to do with my non-farm clothing that might have been exposed – primarily my hiking boots and wet/dirty cuffs of my pants. Do I need to consider a Danish Entry system with a line of separation for home as well? Obviously, the boots and pants will come off to avoid tracking things into the house. How much more separation should I consider? What are your thoughts or comments?

Monday, January 9, 2017

UMN Poultry team supports $26 billion state industry



The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have made available an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages and federal and state revenue in the United States.

The University of Minnesota poultry researchers and Extension team are proud to support Minnesota's $26 billion poultry industry.  Cutting edge research in avian influenza, DNA sequencing, alternatives to antibiotics, biosecurity, poultry health and nutrition are only a few of the topics that researchers at the University of Minnesota are currently investigating and providing educational programming.

Minnesota companies that produce and process poultry and eggs are an integral part of the state's economy.  Poultry producers along with the companies that provide supplies and materials to the industry provide well-paying jobs in the state and pay significant amounts in taxes to the state and local ($845.02 million) and federal ($1.74 billion) governments."

The full report can be found here.



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