Current practices in Greek broiler farms as related to the technical status of the establishments and equipment

A. Xexaki1*, E.N. Sossidou2, G. Filiousis1 and E. Petridou1

1Aristotle University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece, 2Hellenic Agricultural Organization-DEMETER, Veterinary Research Institute, 57001 Thessaloniki, Greece.


The aim of this study was to describe breeding and managerial practices performed in two main categories of broiler farms as related to their technical status i.e. years of functioning, facilities, equipment, etc. One hundred thirty two farms, randomly selected, sited in regions which represent more than 70% of the Greek broiler production were examined. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data by personal interviews with the farm managers including biosecurity measures, harvesting system, feeding and watering method, staff, microclimate in broiler house, antimicrobial therapy and information about the establishment and equipment of the farm as well as the genotype, age and population of the flock. First results indicate that biosecurity measures in farms in good technical status perceive more importance (presence of anteroom and foot bath, P≤0.05) than farms in bad status. Moreover, 93.3% of the farms in bad technical status use straw as bedding material in contrast with the 28.2 % of the farms in good status where rice hulls is used (P≤0.05). Both categories of farms rear Ross genotype while Cobb genotype is only reared in farms in good technical status (P≤0.05). Finally, water equipment differs significantly (P≤0.05) between the two farm categories. Nipple drinkers without a tray is used by 40.4% of the farms in good technical status while 58.3% the farms in low level of hygiene have water equipment with nipple drinkers with tray. This study presents preliminary results of a PhD thesis in progress aiming to investigate the prevalence of resistant strains of Escherichia Coli producing ß-lactamases in poultry farms.

Keywords: broiler; farms; technical; status; biosecurity

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A. Xexaki, E.N. Sossidou, G. Filiousis and E. Petridou. Current practices in Greek broiler farms as related to the technical status of the establishments and equipment. American Journal of Microbiology and Immunology, 2019,4:5. DOI: 10.28933/ajmi-2019-11-0605


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