Avian Flu (H5N1) On-Farm Biosecurity Measures

While biosecurity is consistently top of mind for producers, the recent outbreak of Avian Flu around the world, and more recently in Canada, has prompted both Penner Farm Services and our farming partners to re-evaluate their protocols.

Review the National Avian Biosecurity standards from CFIA, or, review the checklist below and evaluate your current protocols in place.

  1. Visitors to notify an employee prior to visiting
  2. Log all visitors and vehicles who enter farmyard
  3. CAZ (Controlled Access Zone) is clearly defined
  4. RAZ (Restricted Access Zone) is clearly defined
  5. Clean/Dirty line is clearly indicated in the entrance to the barn
  6. Boot covers and/or clean boots required beyond clean/dirty line
  7. Clean coveralls/overalls worn beyond clean/dirty line
  8. Ensure dirty boot covers, boots, overalls and coveralls are disposed of or cleaned properly
  9. Weekly walkarounds of exterior conducted to ensure no openings, crevices, cracks for rodents or wild birds to enter
  10. All-in, All-out policy for flocks strongly encouraged (If not, ensure all birds have excellent health status and full vaccination record)
  11. Procedure for managing sick birds (euthanasia, quarantine etc) to ensure minimal or no spread
  12. Complete cleanout, wash, and disinfect between flocks
  13. Wash and/or disinfect any items prior to bringing in the barn

Check out the recommended products to keep your flock safe.