Better education of broiler farmers and their staff would help improve overall biosecurity on broiler farms in Europe, according to a comprehensive new study published this week.
The research, which used a risk-based weighted scoring system to assess the level of biosecurity on 399 conventional broiler farms in 5 EU member states, found that the lowest score related to biosecurity for visitors and staff.
The paper, ‘Scoring biosecurity in European conventional broiler production’ aimed to quantify the level of biosecurity on conventional broiler farms.
The scoring system consisted of 2 main categories:
Which had 8 and 3 sub-categories respectively.
Biosecurity was quantified by converting the answers to 97 questions into a score from zero to 100. The minimum score, zero, represents total absence of any biosecurity measures on the farm.
The participating broiler farms scored:
Researchers found in the model used a lot of variation for external and internal biosecurity on the participating farms, suggesting that improvements were possible.
The report was published on behalf of the PROHEALTH consortium in Poultry Science