In 2020 the world stood still due to the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 virus. Nations across the globe experienced strict lockdown and social distancing norms. Animal feed, popularly known as ‘pashuahaar’ manufacturing companies in India were also affected by these norms.
Even though the intensity at which the virus was spreading in its initial days has significantly slowed down from the early days of 2021, the threat of a second wave always lurks around the corner. Doctors and health officials recommend the continuation of wearing masks, using sanitisers, and maintaining social distancing norms.
With the onset of 2021, the world saw a decline in the number of active COVID-19 cases. However, the same wasn’t the case for animals. While the parvovirus was a threat to the canines, cases of bird flu were also detected in numerous parts across India.
The Avian Flu, also known as the bird flu has created a ruckus in India. This virus is responsible for claiming the lives of thousands of domestic poultry and birds across states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Gujarat. Humans rarely get infected with bird flu. However, people in close contact with birds or bird droppings are prone to getting themselves infected. A large section of poultry farmers, fall vulnerable to this virus.
– Infected birds shouldn’t be allowed near the food chain.
– Never consume raw poultry parts. It includes raw blood and uncooked eggs.
– Separate raw meat from the rest of your food to avoid contamination.
– Always wash your hands before and after you handle raw meat of infected poultry.
As doctors and health experts contribute their knowledge towards developments and release of the vaccine to COVID-19, major countries like India, United Kingdom, Italy and France are in a threat of a fresh spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.
We have listed some of the general hygienic measures that poultry, cattle, and other livestock farmers can incorporate in their work pattern to keep themselves and their livestock healthy-
– Always ensure a separate container for feed, manure, waste and water.
– Infected animals should be isolated from the general shed immediately.
– Ensure stray dogs and birds like crows and pigeons do not gain access inside the farm.
– Prevent the accumulation of stagnant water.
– Vaccinate and deworm your newly purchased as well as old livestock often.
– Good cleaning and strategic grazing patterns will ensure a healthy diet and clean pasture growth.
By isolating, we mean segregation of the infected animals or birds from the rest of the herd to prevent further contamination. These are some of the pointers to keep in mind while isolating the livestock-
– Isolation house should ideally be far from the healthy shed.
– Always place the isolated shed at a lower ground level from that of the healthy shed.
– Use separate equipment and utensils for the healthy stock.
Manure and filth pits are dark and damp corners which are breeding ground of deadly viruses that can infect you and your herd. These places should be constantly cleaned in regular intervals to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water and stale manure. Here some ways to prevent breeding insect ground in your shed-
– Make sure to deworm your animals and bird in regular intervals to prevent the breeding of parasite.
– Try to keep the surrounding areas of your shed dry and clean by washing down the creeks and corners of the shed, getting it rid of fodder, droppings and manure. A moist and damp environment is every parasite, bacteria and viruses favourite spot.
– Bathing and dusting your livestock at regular intervals is also an important way to keep your animals and shed insect-free.
In livestock farming, it is not just shed and enclosures that need to be kept clean, pastures and other feeding areas need to clean and hygienic. Adequate manure managements, proper feeding and disposing of feed areas, integrated washing and bathing area, and well-spaced out enclosures are some of the many ways that can help you keep your farm clean.
These are some of the many preventive measures that ‘pashuahaar’ manufacturing companies of India like Nouriture urges its customers to pick up, thereby preventing contamination of deadly viruses and insects.