4 Sep 2018
Vaccination has enabled the poultry industry to develop to the scale it is today, through effective control of infectious disease. This development has led to greater stocking densities, higher welfare and control of prevalent diseases.
Vaccines are the most commonly administered veterinary medicines in poultry production. The productive life of laying hens is increasing – from the standard 72 weeks to 74 weeks, up to 80 weeks to 90 weeks – to match higher welfare pressures found across the continent. Furthermore, the national flock (approximately 36.4 million) has never been greater, highlighting the size of the industry and the importance of disease control.