Broiler house litter is a factor in botulism
The Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) in the UK has
released new guidelines to help farmers protect their stock from botulism,
warning that spreading poultry litter can be a factor in disease
Incidence of suspect botulism in the UK has increased substantially since 2003.
Evidence suggests that direct access to litter from broiler houses is a significant factor in most of the recent outbreaks of suspected and confirmed botulism in cattle and sheep. Litter stored or spread on neighbouring farms may also be a factor.
guidelines for farmers aim to control these risks. Advice includes not using litter on ruminant farms wherever possible and adopting good personal hygiene when moving or spreading litter.
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