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These days society demands poultry production with outside access. So how can Salmonella and Campylobacter be kept under control in this context ?
Outside access poses a challenge to the farming sector regarding both zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases. However, society demands it, and therefore we have to be very demanding in establishing a strict biosecurity and management protocol.
We have tools today that we did not have 20 years ago to control these micro-organisms. However, there is no single way to do it. It combines good management and biosecurity, ensuring welfare and freedom from stress, boosting the immune system, and avoiding direct contact with animate or inanimate vectors that can transmit pathogenic micro-organisms.
What is the most problematic issue in farms that you observed (what the farmers have problems to handle correctly the most often) ?
With the transition of laying hens from cages to the floor and free-range environments, diseases not seen in laying hens for decades are now re-emerging. For example, parasitic cycles. Especially forms from the soil. Outdoors soil management to avoid cross-infection is one of the most challenging.
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