You have an important role to play in protecting your property and the entire egg industry from biosecurity threats.
On this page, you will find the tools to implement the simple, everyday biosecurity practices to protect the health of your livestock, limit production losses and help maintain market access for Australia’s egg producers.
The National Farm Biosecurity Technical Manual for Egg Production is now available for egg producers. The purpose of this manual was to provide a minimum set of biosecurity standards, applicable to all poultry producers (including ratites). While it specifically deals with commercial layer chicken and table egg production, the principles of this manual are applicable to other poultry species used for egg production and should be followed.
The recommended on-farm biosecurity practices for egg farmers are provided in the Code of Practice for Biosecurity in the Commercial Egg Industry. The code is an industry standard that provides clear guidance to egg producers on developing strict biosecurity practices on their farms. Practical measures include the sanitation of surface water for drinking or cooling and ensuring no contact of waterfowl with poultry.
The code provides information that will enable producers to develop a biosecurity plan for their started pullet or commercial egg producing farms based on defined risks to their farms. A 12-Step procedure that has been used in Australia to develop HACCP plans for food safety of poultry products is detailed in the code to assist producers and their technical advisors when developing their biosecurity plan.
Egg Crop Assured
Biosecurity is a major component of Egg Corp Assured, a national egg quality assurance program designed to help commercial egg producers develop an approved quality assurance program for their business and be recognised for doing so. Developed by the Australian Egg Corporation, the program also covers food safety, animal welfare, egg labelling and environmental sustainability.
National Farm Biosecurity Manual for Poultry Production
This manual establishes a minimum set of biosecurity standards applicable to all poultry producers. While the manual was produced with commercial producers in mind, the principles of good biosecurity apply to any poultry or bird-raising operation.
National Water Biosecurity Manual - Poultry Production
The manual identifies what water sources are safe to be used by the Australian poultry industry, which is an important issue because contaminated water can cause disease outbreaks.
Interim guidelines for persons working with poultry and other birds at risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza
The guidelines provide summary information on avian influenza, and specific health and safety advice for personnel involved in the handling, farming or processing of poultry and poultry products, and other workers who may be exposed to birds or their associated products (secretions, faeces, litter, eggs and meat), potentially contaminated with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.
Maintaining sound on-farm biosecurity is very important in preventing the single biggest threat to the poultry industry’s sustainability – an outbreak of an emergency animal disease. For this reason, the Australian Egg Corporation works closely with governments and industry partners to keep out potentially disastrous exotic threats, such as: