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Poultry Information

Andrew Warriner (2)

Veterinary Health – Module 1

  • Bird anatomy and physiology
  • Methods and conditions of disease transmission
  • Disease causing agents
  • Recognition of normal vs abnormal
  • Common & current disease conditions
  • Ante mortem issues

Veterinary Health – Module 2

  • Notifiable diseases and relevant legislation
  • Flock keepers’ response to disease
  • Management practices and how they affect disease
  • Occupational health and zoonoses
  • Biosecurity
  • How do diseases enter the flock?
  • How can disease transmission be prevented?
  • Practical approach to cleaning and disinfection
  • Types of disinfectant products Feed and water systems
  • Hygiene and salmonella testing; interpreting results

Microscope

Welfare

  • ‘Five Freedoms’
  • Legislative requirements
  • Practical welfare on the farm
  • Catching techniques
  • Transport and Slaughter

Laboratory practical

  • Post mortem sample submission
  • Post mortem / anatomy
  • What to look for?
  • Laboratory testing
  • Lab sample submission
  • Non Veterinary Courses

Vaccination and medication

  • Principles of vaccination – live & inactivated
  • Types of vaccines
  • Vaccination techniques and programmes
  • Principles of medicating birds
  • Types of medication
  • Application of medication

Broiler Rejects

  • Overview of the Broiler
  • Welfare
  • Directive
  • Importance of productive reports and how to complete these
  • Common reject conditions of the poultry slaughterhouse normal ranges and causes
  • How to interpret the reject scoring forms from the factory
  • How rejects are treated from a legal point of view
  • How should producers respond to high rejects

Housing and the environment

  • Intensive vs extensive systems
  • Lighting
  • Ventilation
  • Litter control
  • Hot weather control

Food and supply chain

  • Marketing the product
  • New supply chain possibilities
  • Food safety
  • Salmonella and other organisms
  • Legal responsibilities

Insect and pest control

  • Types of pests, including behaviour
  • Principles of control
  • Insecticides
  • Formulations and applications
  • Legislation

Vermin control

  • Rodent behaviour
  • Surveying and types of infestations
  • Poison types
  • Application of poisons
  • Hygiene and handling
  • Legislation

Health, safety and fire awareness

  • Legislative requirements
  • Risk assessment
  • Accident investigation and reporting
  • Causes of fire
  • Protection and prevention
  • Actions to take
  • Electrical safety
  • Extinguishers – theory and practical