Iowa poultry biosecurity audits underway
In light of recent avian influenza events outside of Iowa, and to safeguard against the threat of Avian Influenza and other poultry diseases, Iowa Poultry Association, in cooperation with NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Plan) has completed 90 percent of the important process of auditing layer and pullet flocks in the state of Iowa, well ahead of the timeline prescribed nationally. All broilers in the state have been audited, and turkey audits are underway.
These audits are being implemented in an effort to develop a stronger accountability system for monitoring industry biosecurity practices and further strengthen biosecurity adherence at poultry operations.
“Biosecurity and protecting Iowa’s poultry flocks is of utmost priority to Iowa Poultry Association and our members are in 100 percent agreement,” said Kevin Stiles, Executive Director of Iowa Poultry Association. “When the audit process was approved by NPIP earlier in 2017, our board immediately tasked us with conducting trial audits. These went very well and we extended the offer to our entire commercial poultry farmer community. It was energizing and invigorating to see the overwhelming response,” Stiles added.
While this work keeps Emily Reynolds (NPIP Coordinator for the State of Iowa) busy, logging over 5,000 miles thus far, she enjoys the work. “Egg farmers are willing to schedule these audits, and they are going well,” Reynolds said. “I enjoy going to the farms and meeting with the people in the industry.”
In addition to the audits, Iowa Poultry Association is hosting a Poultry Blood Testing School, to be held on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Presenters include Dr. David Schmitt, Dr. Yuko Sato, Dr. Mohammed El-Gazzar, Iowa Poultry Association Executive Director Kevin Stiles, and NPIP Iowa Coordinator Emily Reynolds. Registration closed Monday, April 9. Information can be found at http://www.iowapoultry.com/pt-class.