Small flock owners learn best management practices

By Peter Kent

chickenPeople who keep backyard flocks are an important part of protecting the health of South Carolina’s poultry industry from avian influenza. To improve disease prevention and flock management, Clemson poultry scientists and veterinarians conduct a Small Flock Certification Program twice a year.

The certification program was developed by Clemson Extension, Clemson Livestock-Poultry Health Division and the S.C. Department of Agriculture to bring small poultry flocks into compliance with the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

The one-day workshop provides information on health monitoring and disease prevention, biosecurity practices, nutrition basics and flock management. “All flock owners are encouraged to attend the course,” said Michelle Hall, Extension poultry specialist. She and Julie Helm, Livestock-Poultry Health veterinarian, manage the certification program.