Stables are perfect living environments for pests. Here, they find warmth, food and shelter, in other words: everything a population needs to survive and procreate.
The presence of rodents such as mice and rats causes damage for livestock farmers, both inside and around the company. Chewing damage in insulation materials and cables may lead to financial damage, technical malfunctions, short-circuiting and even fire. Furthermore, pests spread numerous harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites. They seek shelter in hard-to-reach places and easily spread throughout the company. In addition, they come into contact with manure, eat from the animal feed and contaminate this feed with their droppings.
Besides rodents, flies are other unwanted stable occupants. They carry and spread pathogens that are harmful to both animals and humans, such as salmonella and campylobacter. Flies procreate incredibly fast and spread easily throughout the company, circulating between manure, feed and animals.
As broilers hardly have any ability to repel flies from their bodies, the continuous presence of these pests causes them stress. This reduces animal welfare and negatively influences technical results. Animal handlers also benefit from working in an environment without rodents and flies. Furthermore, adequate pest control within the company prevents problems in neighbouring residential areas.
From pest control to pest prevention
Combating pests is a requirement for maintaining the highest level of biosecurity. Although multiple methods exist for combatting pests, root cause elimination is the most effective way of creating a pest-free environment. This changes the narrative from pest control to pest prevention. The benefit of preventing rather than controlling, is that it requires less time and effort to attain the desired results.
Pest-free stables in relation to the other HyCare pillars
Pest causes the introduction and spread of pathogens. Combatting or repelling pests as a stand-alone measure does not suffice for maximising hygiene levels. With pore-free surfaces and by cleaning and disinfecting these surfaces, pathogens don’t get a chance to settle. This creates a germ-free living environment in which broilers can perform optimally.
What solutions does the HyCare method bring regarding“Pest-free stables” for broilers?
The five HyCare pillars
Pathogens cannot settle if all pores in surfaces are sealed
Clean drinking water
Clean and tasty drinking water is indispensable for keeping your animals healthy
A thorough cleaning and disinfection process creates a germ-free living environment
Optimal care for animals enables them to perform optimally
Pest free stables
Prevent pathogens from being introduced and spreading in your stable by stopping pest
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