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Rick Worthington Bio-Security
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: May 01, 2018

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How is the Biosecurity on your ranch?

If it's something you have yet to address, your herd could already be at risk.

Amber Headen is veterinary medical officer with the USDA and explains some of the duties she and her counterparts share, such as promoting biosecurity and food safety.

"The U.S. commercial poultry industry is a large and important segment of our agricultural success. Federal, state, industry and producers work closely together to protect the health of our nation’s flocks.

One of the best ways to protect commercial flocks against infectious diseases is to follow good biosecurity practices at all times. As shown during the 2014-2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), disease can strike quickly and cause devastating consequences. We don’t want to see anything like that happen again – no matter what disease it might be.

Following the outbreak, APHIS worked with its partners to develop a set of essential biosecurity principles for all commercial poultry owners, growers and workers to follow. Using these principles as a starting block, APHIS developed the Defend the Flock outreach campaign to encourage anyone involved in commercial poultry production to put good biosecurity practices in place."

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