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Principle #12 - Feed and Litter Replacement

By Abby Neu
Extension Educator, Poultry | (320) 235 - 0726 x 2019
And Hannah Lochner
Extension Livestock Communications Intern

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Because feed and litter are in direct contact with your flocks, biosecurity is essential for these production necessities. Wild birds, rodents, insects, and other animals are generally attracted to feed and litter sources and can contribute to the spread of disease.  

Photo credit: Erica Sawatzke
Is feed, feed ingredients and litter stored and maintained in a manner that minimizes exposure and possible contamination? Your biosecurity plan needs to ONLY address the items which are under your direct control.  Descriptions and examples such as written instructions, log sheets, protocols, or permits should be kept to show how exposure to and contamination by disease sources is limited.  

Another item that needs to be included in your plan are feed spills within the Perimeter Buffer Area. Do you have a standard protocol for spilt feed? Feed spills should be cleaned up and disposed of in a timely manner to prevent attracting animals and insects that could be sources of disease.

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