The purpose of this study was to characterize the production practices of small antibiotic-free flock producers and identify the possible points for introduction of food-borne pathogenic bacteria. These data will be used to develop appropriate extension programs to improve the level of biosecurity on such farms. Minnesota poultry producers who raised flocks of meat-type chickens without antibiotics were interviewed either on their farms or via the telephone. A wide diversity of housing and management styles were disclosed. Key areas identified for extension programs include feed and pasture choice, waste disposal, feed withdrawal before slaughter, and marketing.
- Small flock