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Biosecurity at McMurray Hatchery

Biosecurity is the most important line of defense that each breeder, hatchery and poultry owner have against diseases. At McMurray Hatchery, we are committed to providing the highest quality and healthiest poultry for our customers. This commitment to excellence is what has kept McMurray Hatchery an industry leader for over a century.

At McMurray Hatchery, we have very stringent biosecurity procedures, vaccination programs and testing to ensure you receive healthy chicks. We participate in the USDA National Poultry Health Improvement Plan (NPIP), are certified as Pullorum-Typhod Clean, AI Clean and Salmonella Monitored. As participants in these programs we follow a very strict vaccination, biosecurity and testing protocol.

The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) was developed jointly by industry members and State and Federal officials to safeguard the health of our nation's agricultural resources and establish standards for the evaluation of poultry with respect to freedom from NPIP-monitored diseases. The program includes testing and monitoring for Salmonella typhoid, Salmonella enteritidis, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, Mycoplasma synoviae, Mycoplasma meleagridis, and Avian Influenza. The NPIP also includes commercial poultry, turkeys, waterfowl, exhibition poultry, backyard poultry, and game birds.

McMurray Hatchery carries the following NPIP shields with the listed requirements:

    • Blood testing of flocks on a yearly basis.
    • Registering flocks with the state NPIP office.
    • Representative samples of eggs are collected from every barn and sent to an approved NPIP lab for testing every 30 days.
    • Environmental testing of each barn prior to hatching and mid-way through hatching season. Drag swabs are sent to an approved NPIP lab for testing.
    • Meconium and environmental swabs during hatching and sexing of birds are taken every 30 days and sent to an approved NPIP lab for testing.
    • All flocks are vaccinated for Salmonella prior to going into production.
    • All flocks are vaccinated for Mareks, Bursal, Newcastle/Bronchitis, AE, Fowl Pox, Pigeon Pox, Laryngo and Salmonella.
    • For hatcheries that ship outside of the U.S., inspection of all barns and hatchery must be completed every 30 days by a veterinarian.
    • All hatcheries and breeding facilities must follow a strict biosecurity practices.
    • I9 reporting on all shipments.

For tips on how you can prevent poultry disease, click here.

For more information on the National Poultry Improvement Plan, click here.

For questions, contact McMurray Hatchery at 800.456.3280 or click here.

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