USDA campaign promotes biosecurity in poultry flocks
On Nov. 16, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service launched a new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and backyard poultry.
The “Defend the Flock” campaign to promote biosecurity combines and updates two previous campaigns that were each targeted at a specific segment of the poultry population.
Having experienced several poultry health issues over the last couple of years, the poultry community knows how important biosecurity is to protecting the nation’s flocks.
USDA launched a web page, www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/defendtheflock, where anyone can find important information about protecting their flocks from disease. The site also has a resource section, including a series of checklists covering specific biosecurity principles. Producers, growers, workers and enthusiasts can use these as regular reminders or cues for maintaining a high level of biosecurity. These resources are available in both English and Spanish, with additional languages coming in the next year.