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.
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.
Biosecurity Plan Template
Antimicrobial Stewardship Framework Guideline
National Farm Biosecurity Technical Manual for Egg Production
National Poultry Biosecurity Manuals
Codes of Practice
Backyard Poultry Advice