Maximising the health and productivity of hens is a research priority for Australian Eggs. The increasing proportion of free range hens in recent years and greater variability within free range production systems has the potential to impact the reliability of egg supply.
To assist industry in maintaining strict biosecurity Australian Eggs conducts biosecurity research and has produced a range of resources to translate research learnings into helpful on-farm resources.
The biosecurity research program includes the investigation of short term, industry transferable solutions to hen disease and biosecurity threats as well as blue sky research, to ensure industry can address biosecurity proactively.
Through this research and extension pathway, Australian Eggs aims to help industry achieve fewer and shorter breaks in production due to disease and flock health and provide more reliable egg supply for consumers.
For the farm, having a biosecurity management plan is the best way to strategically approach biosecurity. A biosecurity management plan draws together and documents each of the activities conducted on-farm to ensure disease doesn't enter, spread throughout or leave the farm. Australian Eggs has developed a Biosecurity plan template to guide producers through the process of creating a biosecurity management plan through:
1) identifying and assessing biosecurity risks to the farm
2) developing procedures to manage biosecurity risks
3) managing and reassessing risk on an ongoing basis
The template consists of three booklets, all of which can be downloaded below, or ordered in printed format from Australian Eggs.
Farm Biosecurity website
Biosecurity plan template
Antimicrobial Stewardship Framework Guideline
National Farm Biosecurity Technical Manual
National Farm Biosecurity Technical Manual for Egg Production
National Poultry Biosecurity Manuals
National Water Biosecurity Manual - Poultry Production
Codes of practice
Biosecurity Code of Practice - 2nd edition
Biosecurity poster - Keep your farm disease free
Biosecurity poster - Check your birds regularly
Biosecurity poster - Protect your birds
Biosecurity poster - Vaccination
Biosecurity poster - For Visitors
Biosecurity poster - Safe water for healthy birds
Backyard Poultry Advice
Advice For Producers On Selling Backyard Hens And For Stockfeeds