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Health management is important part of the good practices that contribute to the maintenance and promotion of healthy flocks.
The scope of health management involves not only planned vaccination of parent and layer flocks to prevent the colonization and excretion of Salmonella. A plethora of accompanying measures aimed at keeping flocks free of disease agents or keeping their spread within the flock under control also are referenced when using the term health management. However, health management not only focuses on Salmonella as infectious agent but also involves the upkeep of general good health status via the administration of water and feed additives that for example promote gut integrity (Curtis and Kochak, 2011).
Hence, it becomes clear that to achieve optimal health management standards many factors need to be harmonized with each other. Health status of birds is influenced by: adequate space, nutritious food, clean water, proper lighting, fresh air daily, impeccable hatchery hygiene, transport hygiene, good stockman-ship, as well as thorough knowledge of environmental management and their effects on animal welfare (Clauer, 2009). It is thus clear that many parties are involved when success in health management against Salmonella must be achieved (Sander and Lacy, 2013).
Animal Welfare Bousfield and Brown © Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong (2010) EN 2010 Booklet
Health and welfare in organic poultry in Europe: state of the art and future challenges Bestman and Maurer © The Authors (2008) EN 2008 Technical Article
Making the Case for Caging: Improvements in Egg Safety and Animal Welfare Curtis and Kochak © Curtis and Kochak (2011) EN 2011 Technical Article
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