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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.

A Statement from McMurray Hatchery Regarding the Novel Cornonavirus/COVID-19

We have received many calls regarding the COVID-19 virus and its relationship to poultry and poultry products. McMurray Hatchery is in contact with our state veterinarians and federal and state poultry authorities and continues to monitor the situation. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are receiving:

  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 can affect poultry including eggs, and chicken and turkey meat. These products are safe for human consumption.
  • Human-to-human contact is the main route of COVID-19 transmission.
  • Coronaviruses (CoVs) are a large group of viruses which continuously circulate in mammals and birds. The major CoVs in poultry, infectious bronchitis viruses (IBVs) and turkey coronaviruses (TCoVs), belong to the genus gammacoronavirus which is different from beta-CoVs that infect humans including the current COVID-19.
  • There is no evidence of transmission of poultry coronaviruses* to humans or other mammals
  • There is no evidence of human coronavirus transmission to poultry.

As a general precaution, it is important to remember to:

  • Wash your hands — especially before and after handling poultry.
  • Practice good biosecurity and regularly disinfect tools and other surfaces.
  • Stay home if sick, and to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to work.

Additional Resources:

If you have additional questions please contact your local poultry veterinarian or Iowa State Poultry Veterinarians Dr. Yuko Sato or Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar.

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