EFC has clarified that a facility is considered to dry-clean when all or a portion of the laying facility is dry-cleaned (ie just the housing system) or when the laying facility is wet washed without detergent. Note that even when dry cleaning, the full facility must be disinfected.
As of January 10, 2019, egg farmers that are not fully wet washing have an alternative to obtain equivalent points in the SC-SC program. If dry cleaning is chosen, an SE test must now be conducted 8 weeks prior to the re population date. This SE test can be combined with the layer 2 SE test. Should the test results be SE positive, the barn must be wet-washed and confirmed to be SE negative prior to re population.
To implement this change, at the time of the Layer 1 test and count, EFA field coordinators will ask if a farm requires a dry-cleaning layer 2 test 8 weeks prior to re-population. At this time, EFA will also collect information on the planned date of disposal. The EFA field coordinator will adjust the field visit in our |system to reflect the new required date. We will be keeping track of the additional field visits this creates and determining if this process is sustainable going forward.
Farm Program Q&A
At the January Regional Meetings, we received some great questions about recent changes to the SC-SC programs. We wanted to share the questions and answers with everyone as they are a great reminder.
Can we still wash eggs for our own use?
Yes, eggs that are going straight to your own kitchen to be cooked can be washed on farm. Eggs sold at farm gate, at a farmers market, or shipped to a grader cannot be washed on farm.
Do we need individual feed letters for every feed ingredient that is used?You require a letter of certification from each feed supplier, not for each ingredient. For example, if you get your calcium and vitamin pack from the same supplier, only one letter is needed. Remember that you need a letter once a year and the letter must state:
•No pharmaceuticals were added to the feed OR any pharmaceutical that were added have been listed on the feed slip
•To the best of our knowledge, this feed/feed ingredient has been manufactured in an
environment free of SE.
•The letter must include the terms feed AND feed ingredients.
A template of the feed letter can be found on the Producer Website under Farm Programs, SC-SC Layer.
Does the dry cleaning rule impact the SC-SC Pullet program?
The changes to the dry-clean SE test apply to the SC-SC Layer program only. The dry-clean requirements in the SC-SC Pullet program have not changed at this time. Currently, if a pullet grower decides to dry-clean, the pullet test must be negative for SE. There are special requirements for the timing of this test.