January 19, 2022 – Guelph, Ontario, Canada: A new all-poultry disease pilot and outbreak simulation is putting Ontario biosecurity and disease mitigation measures to the test. Farm Health Guardian and the Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) have partnered to conduct a disease simulation in the Niagara Region from January – March 2022.
“Our goal is to develop a better understanding of how poultry disease outbreak investigations and industry communications can be improved to reduce the transmission of poultry diseases,” explains Rob Hannam, CEO of Farm Health Guardian, an animal health and biosecurity management software system. “Using the Farm Health Guardian digital platform to record and analyze movements of vehicles and people on and off their farms, farmers can evaluate their own biosecurity protocols and disease vulnerabilities.”
Poultry farmers participating in the simulation have access to the Farm Health Guardian biosecurity management software to view vehicle and people movement data for their own properties. All of this information is collected in real-time in a confidential database for the purpose of reducing disease spread and sending timely, precise disease alerts.
“We expect to learn a lot by documenting the actual frequency and nature of movement on and off of poultry farms,” says Ingrid DeVisser, FBCC Chairperson. The FBCC includes Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Egg Farmers of Ontario, Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission, Turkey Farmers of Ontario, as well as the Ontario Hatcheries Association, Poultry Services Association, Association of Ontario Chicken Processors and feed companies represented through the Ontario Agri Business Association as associate members. “Niagara poultry farmers, and the entire provincial poultry industry, will benefit from the evaluation of the data and results of this pilot. Rapid notifications and targeted alerts can reduce the likelihood and impact of a highly infectious disease outbreak. Participating farmers will gain a better understanding of the biosecurity practices needed to protect their farms and those of their neighbours.”
Hannam says the Niagara Region was strategically selected for the pilot because of the concentration of poultry farms and large number of service providers that are active in the area. “We’ve had great participation from feed companies, catching crews, processors and hatcheries. It’s great to see this because, after all, everyone shares a responsibility to protect our industry and biosecurity is our best defence.”
The Farm Health Guardian and FBCC disease pilot and outbreak simulation is open to all poultry farmers in the Niagara Region and is still accepting participants. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact email@example.com. To learn more about Farm Health Guardian, visit farmhealthguardian.com.
About Farm Health Guardian
Farm Health Guardian is a digital partner in disease prevention, animal health and outbreak preparedness for livestock and poultry operations. The proven biosecurity software system offers two components: Farm Health Protect and Farm Health Monitor. Both provide software solutions to help producers to lower their cost of production through improved animal health and reduced disease risks. Farm Health Protect is a biosecurity management system that records the movement of trucks and people on and off farm properties for rapid contact tracing in the event of a disease outbreak. Farm Health Monitor is an animal health reporting system that improves communication between producers, vets and technical staff to enable early disease detection. Farm Health Guardian is a product of Be Seen Be Safe Ltd. and headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
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