Improving disease preparedness among small-scale poultry owners

December 8, 2023

The widespread occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in migratory birds in the U.S. is an increasing threat to both the livestock industry and public health. However, current risk management practices in backyard and small poultry operations are considered inadequate to protect the flocks from infectious diseases. As HPAI is only one of several zoonotic agents affecting domestic poultry, prioritizing biosecurity and disease reporting on small poultry farms is critical to protect public health and the livestock industry. Studies show that many poultry farmers on small farms in the U.S. are not sufficiently knowledgeable about poultry diseases, despite the increased zoonotic risks, indicating a need for evidence-based programs to promote preventive measures for this population.

In collaboration with Dr. Beauvais at Purdue University and her team, knowledge, attitudes and practices surveys will be conducted among relevant stakeholders, and based on the obtained results, training materials on poultry health and biosecurity will be developed for Purdue Extension Educators and backyard poultry owners. Our main task is to develop the training materials for backyard poultry owners and Purdue Extension Educators.

This project is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (APP-21244).

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