‘Defending the flock’ from Newcastle and other diseases starts with proper disinfection

An updated campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture aims to limit the spread of poultry disease, which has producers paying attention after recent outbreaks of Newcastle disease in both commercial and backyard flocks alike.

The campaign, “Defend the Flock,” was first launched in 2016 by the department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service […]

Gene-edited chickens may help limit bird flu

When avian influenza, or bird flu, strikes, it can be hazardous to human health and potentially devastating for the poultry industry.

Unlike some animal diseases, some strains of bird flu can affect humans, and over the years numerous high-profile outbreaks have garnered attention to these viruses. And every time there’s a reported case, poultry producers […]

Vehicle biosecurity in poultry production

This post is written by Neogen vet Nick Wagner, DVM.

Implementing a biosecurity program that will protect a poultry flock requires both a dedicated mindset and a very thorough set of procedures to achieve the ultimate goal of protection from infectious disease. Vehicle biosecurity is a key component of these multifaceted programs. Vehicle biosecurity […]

Visitor biosecurity in poultry production

This post was written by Neogen vet Nick Wagner, DVM

Biosecurity is at the forefront of preventing disease and maintaining healthy birds to ensure the productivity and profitability of the poultry industry. The most successful biosecurity programs in the industry include a multifaceted approach to achieving and maintaining a healthy flock. One of the components […]

Newcastle disease confirmed in second commercial California flock

A second commercial poultry flock in southern California has a confirmed case of virulent Newcastle disease, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the case in Riverside County.

The case is part of an outbreak that has been going on in southern California since May […]

Making the water taste good: Water pH modification on the poultry farm

“Would you like lemon with your water?” is a question heard at restaurants across the country. For those who answer yes, a splash of acidity makes their drink a little more pleasant to drink.

“Acidic beverages tend to be more palatable— for example coffee, soda and sports drinks,” said Neogen poultry expert Lindsay Good. “That […]

The importance of clean water: Continuous water disinfection on the poultry farm

If dirty water is put in a clean cup, is the cup still clean? Likewise, if untreated, pathogen-filled water is run through newly cleaned water lines, are the water lines still clean?

The simple answer: no.

“After terminal water line disinfection, the next step in a water treatment program is continuous water disinfection during the […]

Chlorine dioxide vs. chlorine bleach: A battle of misconceptions

Chlorine bleach: It’s convenient to purchase. It’s cheap. It’s a well-known household cleaner and disinfectant. But is it best to use as a water sanitizer in the poultry house?

Treating with chlorine is a common method to sanitize poultry drinking water and reduce concentrations of waterborne pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses, molds and protozoans.

“The […]