Whole Flock Health Scheme
Poultry farmers must operate under a Whole Flock Health Scheme (WFHS). Find out what a WFHS is and what it needs to have.
A Whole Flock Health Scheme (WFHS) is a written programme for health surveillance. It includes information about any actions taken to control or eradicate disease and to manage:
- agricultural chemicals
- veterinary medicines
- feed and environment contaminants.
What you need to record
Your WFHS should record:
- any medications or immunisations given to the flock or individual birds
- feeding regimes
- visits by veterinarians or ante-mortem examiners (people who test live poultry for safety, suitability, and disposition)
- other individual or flock diagnostic results that establish and verify the health status of the individual or flock
- any microbiological results (including for Salmonella and Campylobacter)
- any other information that helps establish and verify the health status of your flock.
Find out about the requirements for ante-mortem examinations:
- Animal Products (Specifications for the Ante-mortem And Post-mortem Examination of Poultry Intended for Human or Animal Consumption) Notice 2005 [PDF, 143 KB]
You can find an example of a WFHS in Appendix C of the Guidance and Generic Risk Management Programme for Slaughter and Dressing of Broilers. (Note that farmers don't need to have a risk management programme (RMP), just a WFHS.)
- Generic RMP for slaughter and dressing of broilers [PDF, 644 KB]
For maximum permissible levels of residues (pesticides, antibiotics, and contaminants), refer to the Animal Products (Contaminant Specifications) Notice:
- Animal Products Notice: Contaminant Specifications 2016 [PDF, 748 KB]