The latest IEC Business Insights webinar ‘Practical implications of increased survivability of AI strains’ explored the risks of year-round avian influenza (AI) and what farmers and business owners can do to strengthen their defences against the disease.
The session was chaired by Ben Dellaert, Director of AVINED and Chairman of the IEC Avian Influenza Global Expert Group, and featured expert speakers Travis Schaal, Director of Global Production at Hy-Line International, and Sanne van Zanen, Policy Officer for Poultry Health at AVINED.
Travis provided expert insight into the need for year-round preventative action, as well as the risks of biosecurity fatigue and the illusion of security. He emphasised the importance of reviewing, auditing and challenging biosecurity programmes and staying up-to-date with the latest information and technology, in order to combat increased survivability of AI and prevent outbreaks.
Sanne then showcased the latest developments in AI research from the Netherlands, describing the disease as a ‘persistent and ongoing threat’. She highlighted how combining forces and collaborating can reduce risk of AI outbreaks and explored new ways researchers can measure the effectiveness of biosecurity practices and learn how to improve them.
As some AI strains now have the ability to survive throughout the summer season, it is more important than ever to consider whether you are doing enough to protect yourself, your birds and your businesses.
Working in partnership with our Avian Influenza Global Expert Group, we have developed a range of practical resources to support egg businesses in preventing widespread disease outbreaks, by implementing strict egg and poultry biosecurity, and preventative disease control measures.