Laryngotracheitis (LT) can be devastating to poultry flocks. But, with proper biosecurity measures in place, LT virus can be prevented and controlled. LT is a highly contagious viral infection caused by the herpes virus, resulting in respiratory disease in chickens, turkeys, pheasants and some other species of birds. It’s a respiratory disease that usually kills […]
Are you guilty of not washing your water bottle or reusable straw after every use? Over the past several years there have been a number of news articles reporting on studies suggesting your reusable water bottle could be making you sick. Did you know that some water bottles contain more bacteria than an average home toilet seat? Water collects on the lip or spout of the bottle (or the straw) and creates the perfect warm, moist breeding ground for bacteria.
We are well into the fall season, and after last week’s confirmation of H5N2 Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Minnesota now is a great time to assess and update your biosecurity program. Biosecurity is a series of management practices designed to prevent the introduction and spread of disease pathogens. Each piece of the program is important, and your defense against disease is only as strong as the weakest link.