In a significant collaboration between ChileCarne and the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), a key training for the main poultry producers was held on December 14. The main focus was the introduction of a platform that aims to improve the industry’s biosecurity protocols.
The meeting was attended by veterinarians from the leading Chilean producers (Agrosuper, Ariztía, Don Pollo, and Sopraval), marking a milestone in the industry’s commitment to biosecurity. SAG was represented by Carlos Orellana, head of the Livestock Protection Division, and Miguel Peña, head of the Research and Development Department, among other representatives.
Carolina Larraín, ChileCarne’s head of Poultry Health highlighted the significance of the training, noting that “it is a crucial step to survey the biosecurity situation of the industry and implement continuous improvements on the platform and the companies’ practices.”
This effort is part of the Wetlands Biosecurity Program, launched by ChileCarne in 2015. The program, completely implemented with private funding, has gained traction in Chilean poultry farming, benefiting over 160 small producers and helping prevent diseases like avian influenza.
The goal is to protect domestic birds around wetlands inhabited by wild birds, preventing exotic and endemic diseases by supporting farmers in key regions such as Arica, Coquimbo, Valparaíso, and Metropolitan.
The new platform is expected to provide a baseline of the biosecurity situation of the entire industry during the first quarter, setting a precedent in the protection of Chile’s animal health asset and preventing the economic impact of bird culling, market closures, and economic losses.
This new step forward demonstrates the commitment of ChileCarne and the SAG with the protection of a vital industry for the country’s economy and public health.