DISARM will share information about improving the health of poultry reared for meat, with some relevance to laying hens, in order to reduce the need for antibiotic treatments. Broiler chickens are often reared in indoor systems, but free-range farms are becoming increasingly popular. Farm management practices and animal health challenges differ from farm to farm, so our multi-actor farm health team approach aims to develop tailored action plans for individual farms.

Key risk factors to poultry health largely relate to internal biosecurity in indoor systems, and external biosecurity for free-range systems. Through selective breeding, the growth rate of poultry has increased greatly over recent years and is linked to various health problems which often require antibiotics. High stocking densities and ammonia concentrations, particularly in indoor systems reduce the air quality and contribute to higher rates of respiratory diseases, particularly those caused by E. coli, a major cause of antibiotic use. You can learn more about potential health risks on your farm and possible solutions by joining us at our events and workshops or accessing our resource materials which include a database of cutting-edge research and innovations, an online discussion group, short reports and informative videos.

DISARM will also work with other livestock sectors including cattle, pigs and sheep. There are commonalities across animal health risks and preventive measures. We believe working together to learn across species and sectors is a valuable way to improve animal health in livestock farming and reduce the need for antibiotic treatments.

274 Research paper – Rousset – 2019 – RefA2vi Towards the formalization of a French professional reference network on the use of antibiotics at poultry farm level

272 Research paper – Rousset – 2017 – Early postnatal rearing conditions of broilers influencing antibiotic use and mortality in the first 10 days

271 Research paper – Puterflam – 2019 – Control of environmental conditions during a long wait for the day-old chick at the hatchery before breeding_ what are the impacts on the quality and

264 Research paper – Gery-Choquet – 2019 – Obstacles and incentives for broiler farmers to set up preventive measures against the avian colibacillosis

262 Research paper – Dennery – 2017 – Assessment of biofilm in pipes of breeders houses and effect of purge on biofilm mastering and waterquality

257 ToolsChecklists – Richtlijn Veterinair handelen bij vleeskuikens rondom de opzet en in de eerste levensweek op het vleeskuikenbedrijf by Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij voor Diergen

225 Industry Innovation – Developing integrated livestock breeding and management strategies to improve animal health product quality and performance in European organic and low input milk

221 Research paper – Lahuerta-Marin – 2018 – Key actors in driving behavioural change in relation to on-farm biosecurity_ a Northern Ireland perspective

205 Research paper – Neghirla – 2018 – The prevalence of salmonella serotypes in domestic and wild animals and their spatial distribution in Romania between 2015 and 2016

195 Research paper – Maesaar- 2016 – Antimicrobial Resistance Profiles of Campylobacter spp Isolated from Broiler Chicken Meat of Estonian Latvian and Lithuanian Origin at Estonian Retail


180 Industry Innovation – Sales of veterinary antimicrobial agents in 30 European countries in 2016. Trends from 2010 to 2016 8th ESVAC report by European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimic

170 Research paper – Maertens – 2019 – Limited association between disinfectant use and either antibiotic or disinfectant susceptibility of Escherichia coli in both poultry and pig husbandry

164 ToolsChecklists – EPRUMA Best-practice framework for the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in the EU – Reaching for the next level by EPRUMA

163 ToolsChecklists – Best-practice framework for the use of vaccines in animals by EPRUMA – European Platform for the Responsible Using of Medicines in Animals

159 Research paper – Laanen – 2014 – Pig cattle and poultry farmers with a known interest in research have comparable perspectives on disease prevention and on-farm biosecurity

157 Industry Innovation – Excential Butycoat by Orffa

150 Research paper – Gelaude – 2014 – Biocheck Ugent_ a quantitative tool to measure biosecurity at broiler farms and the relationship with technical performance and antimicrobial use


131 Research report – EMA EFSA – 2017 – EMA and EFSA Joint Scientific Opinion on measures to reduce the need to use antimicrobial agents in animal husbandry in the European Union

121 Industry Innovation – Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals in Canada_ Progress on Recommendations and Stakeholder Activities by National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council

118 Industry Innovation – FAAST- Farmed Animal Antimicorbial Stewardship Veterinary Reference Manual by ACER Consulting and Ontario Veterinary Medical Association

108 Research paper – Collineau – 2016 – Guidance on the Selection of Appropriate Indicators for Quantification of Antimicrobial Usage in Humans and Animals

Drinking water medication: beware of interference

Prevention of (blue-green) algae in drinking water sources

Why and how to prevent biofilm formation in drinking water pipes

Effective water vaccination: the importance of water quality

Bring out slurry and manure – but avoid spreading of pathogens

HACCP based biosecurity plan for a laying hen farm

Biosecurity measures on poultry farms

Genomic selection

Farm Innovation DANMAP by DANMAP

Step-by-step plan for watersampling

Step-by-step plan for the acidification of drinking water

Microbial toxin elimination by selective binding

Aim for zero antibiotics by 3 step approach

Research paper Modelling concentrations of antimicrobial drugs: comparative pharmacokinetics of cephalosporin antimicrobials and accuracy of allometric scaling in food-producing and companion animals

Research paper Consumption of Antimicrobials in Pigs, Veal Calves, and Broilers in The Netherlands: Quantitative Results of Nationwide Collection of Data in 2011

Farm Innovation Phages by Intralytix Omnilytixs

Farm Innovation Flock health plan by Poultry Health Service

Farm Innovation Antibiotic guidance by AMCRA

Farm Innovation Ecoantibio by French Agricultural Ministry

Farm Innovation Biosecurity video by ITAVI

Farm Innovation Biosecurity sheets by ITAVI

Farm Innovation H@tch vet expert by Merial

Farm Innovation COLISEE study by ITAVI

Research paper Quantitative assessment of antimicrobial resistance in livestock during the course of a nationwide antimicrobial use reduction in the Netherlands

Research paper Development of a flaming machine for the disinfection of poultry grow-out facilities by Raffaelli, M., Fontanelli, M., Frasconi, C., Innocenti, A., Dal Re, L., Bardasi, L., Galletti, G. and A. Peruzzi 2013 Journal of Agricultural Engineering 44: 22-28 in Significant Impact Group(s): Biosecurity \ Internal biosecurity \ Internal biosecurity \ Housing

Use of antibiotics in broiler production: Global impacts and alternatives by Mehdi, Y., Létourneau-Montminy, M.P., Gaucher, M.L., Chorfi, Y., Suresh, G., Rouissi, T., Brar, S.K., Côté, C., Ramirez, A.A. and S. Godbout 2018 Animal Nutrition 4: 170-178 in Significant Impact Group(s): Specific alternatives \ Pre-/probiotics ; Specific alternatives

Tools & Checklists Indic@Vet by Ceva/Sanders in Significant Impact Group(s): AMU reduction strategies \ Monitoring and surveillance \ Antibiotic use

Farm Innovation Predict and Prevent by Prognostixs

Best practice recommendations regarding cleaning and disinfection

Best practice recommendations regarding entrance control

Automatic spray system of Animal Life Plus

 Carcass disposal using an exchangeable storage system

Slower growing broiler crosses for reduced antibiotic use

Breeding for resilience in poultry: dual purpose chickens  

Handling of dead animals: Hydrolysis

Role of biosecurity in small-scale broiler chicken production

Flushing the drinking pipes in broiler farming

Cleaning and disinfecting on poultry, pig and dairy farms

How to use a hygiene lock

Coating surfaces in poultry, pig and dairy farms

Optimizing water quality on poultry, pig and dairy farms

Pest prevention on poultry, pig and dairy farms

The right working method: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 817591