Farm Visits for Development of Auditing Tool
Dong Thap, Vietnam, 17-21 April 2017
A Poultry Farm Auditing Tool is under development for the clinical research trial ViParc, following a series of expert visits in Dong Thap province this past April.
Avian veterinarian Erry Setyawan visited over a dozen farms from 17-21 April, assessing local realities towards the drafting of a standardized form that will measure, over time, change in farm conditions within ViParc’s study cohort.
Dr. Setyawan, a National Technical Advisor for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Indonesia, was joined by three vets from the Dong Thap Sub-Department of Animal Health (DT-SDAH).
At a feedback meeting with DT-SDAH staff, Dr. Setyawan suggested that the Poultry Farm Auditing Tool focus on three dimensions, i.e. bio-security, flock management and poultry health, so as to clearly evaluate the uptake of ViParc’s intervention on a number of chicken farms in Cao Lanh and Thap Muoi districts.
As a trial, ViParc will begin performing a set of interventions on certain farms in November this year, by which time the auditing tool will be ready for use, while leaving others to a control, no-intervention mode. The project studies 100-120 chicken farms in Dong Thap, with the expected results of better knowledge on how to help poultry farmers reduce antibiotic use and still produce healthy flocks.