Controlling poultry diseases is important for both human and bird health. As a result, biosecurity is very important in the poultry industry. It means that whenever anyone goes onto a turkey farm, they must do what they can to ensure they do not carry or spread viruses or poultry diseases.
Brent and Christa are enrolled in an On-Farm Food Safety Program that is mandated by Turkey Farmers of Canada - the organization that represents Canada's turkey farmers.
The On-Farm Food Safety Program dictates extensive biosecurity measures, include restricting access of people and animals to barns, disinfecting equipment and taking proper barn management and hygiene precautions.
Brent's barns are kept locked at all times so that he can control access to the facility. When visitors like the veterinarian or the poultry nutritionist are allowed in, they must first sign a log book so that Brent can track who has gone into his barn. These visitors must follow Brent's instructions before entering, such as wearing protective biosecurity coveralls, head cover, gloves, masks and boots while inside. This protects Brent's turkeys from exposure to potential illness and keeps them healthy in the barn.
Brent wears a different pair of shoes in each of his turkey barns to limit potential contamination from one barn to another. Brent - and all visitors - are also required to step into a tray of sanitizing dip before they enter the barn.