A champion gamefowl breeder has urged poultry and gamefowl breeders to implement tighter biosecurity measures to prevent spread of diseases due to the expected rise in temperature this summer.
Joey Sy who won the coveted Invitational Derby at the Araneta Center in 2015 said that poultry raisers and gamefowl breeders alike should limit visitors in their farms to prevent contamination from possible carriers and conduct regular disinfection of farm premises, tools and equipment.
If visitors can’t be avoided, he advises breeders to spray the tires of visitors’ vehicles, their shoes, and the edges of their pants with Major D. They should wash their hands with alcohol or with Major D also.
If there are new gamefowls that came from cockpits or poultry and gamefowl expo shows, quarantine them for at least 10 days,” he added.
Major D is the leading biosecurity product from Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (Unahco). It is a three-in-one disinfectant that also acts as a detergent and degreaser that is safe to use even in the presence of animals, making routine disinfections easier because there is no need to remove the farm animals from their pens.
In September 2015, Unahco extension veterinarian Dr. Allen Valdeavilla cautioned that respiratory diseases could become more common because of extreme temperatures due to the El Niño phenomenon. He said biosecurity measures are necessary to prevent possible outbreaks that could negatively affect farm productivity and profitability.
When diseases do occur, according to Dr. Valdeavilla, poultry farm managers and gamefowl breeders should use Microban, another Univet product that provides a higher level of disinfection.
A broad spectrum disinfectant, Microban kills viruses, fungi, bacteria and even bacterial spores that are resistant to common disinfectants. It is safe and effective even in the presence of organic matter, making it ideal for use in farm settings.
“Disease-causing microorganisms are invisible, and the usual soap-and-water solutions are not enough to disinfect our animal pens and cages,” Dr Valdeavilla said.